Muscle Multitasking: Get in a Chores Workout

by Leigh Ann Otte

A watched pot never boils. So drop and give me 10!

To burn a few calories and build a little muscle, Fitcorp, a company with gyms in the Boston area, recommends making chores do double duty. Cooking a batch of scrumptious pasta for dinner (whole grain, of course)? Do push-ups and lunges while waiting for the water to boil. Are your outdoor flowers wilting in the heat? Water them the old-fashioned way, with a watering can or hose. Basically, find more ways to move.

Do you make your chores work for you? What do you do? Me, I like to squat instead of bending over for stuff. Seems like a little thing, but I never have trouble getting up off the floor, so I figure it must be doing something, right?

In this week’s featured article, “How to Burn More Calories,” you can read Fitcorp’s tips, plus tips from other experts on how to burn more calories while exercising. You can stop those push-ups now. It’s time for crunches!

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of and a professional writer. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

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