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Minnesota Musing: Cardio Workout That Involves Common Objects in My Home

Updated on June 25, 2017

My Resting Phase Today

What is Cardio?

Cardio, according to Google, is what?

Upon going to my Google search screen and typing in what is cardio? the following came up:

Cardio is any exercise that raises your heart rate and keeps it elevated until you stop doing that exercise. I have included a few pictures of what I do when I clean the house and all raise my heart rate and make me perspire.

It all counts as a cardio workout, in my opinion.

Vacuuming is Exercise

Don't let anyone tell you different. The only type of person who would tell you differently, would possibly be some skeptic who sells exercise equipment like a treadmill, or a stair stepper. - Although, I did use my stair stepper the other day, and I was forced to rest after each 10 repetitions. I was supposed to workout for 20 minutes and I set the timer, and when I thought the 20 minutes were over with, I headed back to the timer. Five minutes had elapsed. Well.

My stair stepper is located at the top of the steps in a open room with a window view.

Vacuuming is a great form of exercise. As you are pushing and pulling your vacuum, the first thing you will notice is that your body will start to warm up. Not as much as the stair stepper, but, again, it did some.

The pushing and pulling and stretching occurs again and again until the floor that you are vacuuming is finished.

A Variety of Exercises

Let me recount the different things I do that I believe to count as cardio.


Vacuuming - Requires push and pull movement with hand, requires posturing of back, and requires a step to and back with feet
Vacuuming - Requires push and pull movement with hand, requires posturing of back, and requires a step to and back with feet
Side to Side Boot Push - Requires push movement with side of foot and affects muscles in leg
Side to Side Boot Push - Requires push movement with side of foot and affects muscles in leg
Heavy Chair Roll - Requires pull and push movement using left hand
Heavy Chair Roll - Requires pull and push movement using left hand
Heavy Purse Lift - Often overlooked as a cardio, requires upward and downward movement with left hand.
Heavy Purse Lift - Often overlooked as a cardio, requires upward and downward movement with left hand.
Making the bed - pulling a multiple layer of blankets up to top of bed, lifting and pulling and a small amount of tucking
Making the bed - pulling a multiple layer of blankets up to top of bed, lifting and pulling and a small amount of tucking
picking clothes off floor - requires a combination of wrist, fingers, bending of back and stooping
picking clothes off floor - requires a combination of wrist, fingers, bending of back and stooping

The First Group of Pictures of Cardio Workouts

From making beds, to picking clothes off of floors, these movements all exert forces on our body that tone up muscles that we had forgotten that we had.

Washing Dishes - Although maybe most of the dishes are of lightweight nature, not all are lightweight - utilizes side to side, wrist rolls, side scrubs, lift and rinse, side to side move to strainer. Then, later, you need to lift and put away.
Washing Dishes - Although maybe most of the dishes are of lightweight nature, not all are lightweight - utilizes side to side, wrist rolls, side scrubs, lift and rinse, side to side move to strainer. Then, later, you need to lift and put away.
Real Stair Stepping - Up and down
Real Stair Stepping - Up and down
Real Stair Stepping - Also Up and Down
Real Stair Stepping - Also Up and Down
The Three Step Laundry Cardio Pulling Clothes Up out of Laundry Tub
The Three Step Laundry Cardio Pulling Clothes Up out of Laundry Tub
Placing Clothes in Washing Machine - Put Dry lightweight Clothes in - Pull Heavy, wet Clothes out, do sideways motion to put in Dryer
Placing Clothes in Washing Machine - Put Dry lightweight Clothes in - Pull Heavy, wet Clothes out, do sideways motion to put in Dryer
The Thumb Press - Press and Hold for Up to a Minute - 2 Reps
The Thumb Press - Press and Hold for Up to a Minute - 2 Reps
The Wipe Off Top of Dryer - Wipe Excess Dust from Top of Dryer - Using circles and side to side motion
The Wipe Off Top of Dryer - Wipe Excess Dust from Top of Dryer - Using circles and side to side motion
The Dryer Lint Removal - Pulling Up and Out Using Side to Side to Remove Lint - Reverse to Reinsert
The Dryer Lint Removal - Pulling Up and Out Using Side to Side to Remove Lint - Reverse to Reinsert
Checking Water for Exhaust Lift -
Checking Water for Exhaust Lift -
Heavy Lid Lift Prep - Down Position Getting Ready to Exert Upward Pressure
Heavy Lid Lift Prep - Down Position Getting Ready to Exert Upward Pressure
Heavy Lid Lift - Arm Pull Up to Above Shoulder Lift
Heavy Lid Lift - Arm Pull Up to Above Shoulder Lift
Heavy Food Pull - Again Reaching Down Pull With Wrist Straight Up and Arch over shoulder
Heavy Food Pull - Again Reaching Down Pull With Wrist Straight Up and Arch over shoulder
The Three Finger Stretch - Uses Finger Muscles and Forearm Muscles, plus I have to walk up a flight of steps, walk across a kitchen and into bathroom where I then have to do a stretch and drop technique.
The Three Finger Stretch - Uses Finger Muscles and Forearm Muscles, plus I have to walk up a flight of steps, walk across a kitchen and into bathroom where I then have to do a stretch and drop technique.
The Stretch and Drop Technique
The Stretch and Drop Technique
The Heavy Pop Lift
The Heavy Pop Lift
The Heavy Pan Lift
The Heavy Pan Lift
The Reach and Pull Combination - Which involves a reach, hand compress and lift. Then, a walk across the kitchen. Then, a complicated series of push and lift, set and walk, some button pushing. A slight pause, and some tongue compressions. Smile.
The Reach and Pull Combination - Which involves a reach, hand compress and lift. Then, a walk across the kitchen. Then, a complicated series of push and lift, set and walk, some button pushing. A slight pause, and some tongue compressions. Smile.

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      Char Milbrett 5 months ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for your comment, Larry Rankin!

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      Larry Rankin 5 months ago from Oklahoma

      Great idea!