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Two Reasons Spring Cleaning is Good for Your Health

The spring season is here and for many it’s time to start gearing up for – that’s right – spring cleaning! While it’s unlikely you’re looking forward to refreshing your home for the new season, spring cleaning is actually a great way to help your family stay healthy throughout the season.

Below are two reasons spring cleaning is actually good for your health:

1. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), dust mites, common house dust, and mold are some of the leading indoor asthma and allergy triggers.

So what can you do? The EPA suggests following these tips:
  • Remove dust often with a damp cloth
  • Vacuum carpet and fabric-covered furniture to reduce dust build-up
  • Use vacuums with high-efficiency filters
  • Wash bedding once a week in hot water
  • Wash toys in hot water and dry them thoroughly
  • Wash mold off hard surfaces and dry completely

2. In addition to helping you manage seasonal allergies and keeping germs at bay, cleaning is a great way to burn a few extra calories!
According to the CDC, 30 minutes of moderate-intensity cleaning – mopping or sweeping – burns approximately 130 calories! For activities that involve moving your legs and arms, such as cleaning windows or scrubbing the tub, you can burn 150-170 calories in 30 minutes. With a little creativity, you can also mix in lunges, squats, and other exercises into your cleaning routine to improve the impact of your workout.

  • Reach Up: Stretch extra high to reach those cobwebs and tall windows. Up-and-down movement is great for the upper body.
  • Go Deep: Do lunges while you vacuum. Step forward, drop the other knee, and feel it in your thighs.
  • Keep it Tight: During all your chores, tighten your abdominal muscles. Tuck your tush for a constant core workout.
  • Ups and Downs: Go up and down the stairs as often as you can. It's like using the stair machine at the gym, but you're getting some cleaning done, too.

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