Do you burn calories while you are cleaning?

Believe it or not, you can burn some calories while being useful and taking care of your home and its clean state – not only will you have a fit body but your home will be clean.

Replace some of the exercises that you do in the gym with cleaning your house or overall taking care of the inside and outside of your home. Not only cleaning will ensure you to burn calories – cooking, painting, cleaning snow, mowing the lawn, etc. will do the same.

Check out the list I have put together for you and start doing things around your house more often.

– Cleaning your floors

And more specifically, either vacuuming, mopping or sweeping. All of these activities will ensure you to burn at least 240 calories per hour. Cleaning your floors is a great workout and you should do it more often. Not only will you get rid of the dirt and bacteria but you will exercise your muscles.

– Painting

Get your painting brushes out because painting will make you lose at least 290 calories per hour. You most likely have a room in your house that you want to repaint but you postpone it for months now. This activity will both exercise your leg and arm muscles and it’s very good for your health – so get started.

– Cleaning snow

Shoveling snow and cleaning your driveway is an excellent exercise that will burn around 415 calories per hour.

– Cooking

Yes, in contrast with the thing that eating makes you do – gain weight and consume calories, cooking actually burns calories. You can burn around 150 calories per hour – and even more, depending on what you are cooking and how much movement and have.

– Mowing your lawn

Just like shoveling snow, mowing a lawn is a huge exercise and will burn a lot of calories – around 325 calories per hour. You should use a manual or a push mower for the best results.

The best way to lose weight: the battle between diet and exercise

The battle between diet and exercise seems to be endless and everyone has a different opinion on exactly which way is more effective to lose weight.

Without a doubt, both of these methods work but one of them is a lot more effective and important as the other one.

I have one advice for everyone trying to lose weight – focus on the food you are consuming. This is the key.

Of course, I am not the only one saying this – doctors have always emphasized the importance of dieting. Don’t pay that much attention to the message of ‘‘burning fat and going to the gym’’ that seems to be everywhere. The first thing you need to fix is your diet and everything else comes after that. Research actually shows that people who worked out 30 minutes a day without paying attention to what they eat gained weight instead of losing it.

It’s easy to avoid calories

Can you agree with me on this? It is far easier to avoid consuming calories that it is to burn them at the gym. You would need a lot of time and energy to burn the calories from a burger and fries and are close to your needed daily 2,000 calories consumption alone.

It’s practically impossible to burn calories from fast food and junk food so you should aim to avoid it in the first place. So yes, you can not out-exercise a bad diet.

There are some simple thing you need to pay attention to like portion size, healthy foods, foods high in calories.

Your muscles weight a lot

Yes, this is true. But believe me, this is not an excuse for weight gain. Especially if you have been going to the gym and you see no results. In this case, your diet is the reason.

This does not mean to starve

Do not even think about starving yourself. This won’t work as well and at the end of the day, it might be a huge risk for your health. We are talking about the healthiest way to lose weight that is good for your body. And a nice diet combined with exercise from times to times is the way to go.

Is seawater good for your skin?

Summer is finally here. It seems like everyone is at the beach enjoying every second of the sun. For those of you that love going into the water – you might have a couple of questions. Is it good for the skin? I know I was wondering for the longest if salt water had some benefits for the skin.
It’s so fun to be in the water, swim and play water sports – if it is possible to have radiant skin while having so much fun would be amazing, right? Well, it turns out that it’s actually quite possible. In fact, saltwater can do wonders for your skin. According to Women’s Health sea water has the same minerals and nutrients as our bodies which means that water naturally restores the skin.
Seawater can even treat acne. It kills bacteria, has healing properties, helps level the pH, it’s rich in minerals, it helps with circulation. Seawater is packed with magnesium which hydrates your skin and will improve its appearance.
If you ever get the chance of going to the Dead Sea your skin will thank you. The water there will help you with eczema, acne, psoriasis and other similar skin conditions. A lot of skin care products contain an extract from the Dead Sea.
All of the benefits from the water actually don’t come only from the salt. They come from high levels of magnesium.

Removing Nail Polish off Carpets

Ah, the thrills and spills of putting on nail polish. That new colour is just brilliant, matches your eyes, your wardrobe, your mood but not your carpet…so what is it doing on it? Nail polish of all colours is a form of paint containing a high concentration of super strong pigments (which give you that luscious, strong colour). This means that spilling or dripping nail polish on the carpet could be a real problem to remove. Drips and spills aren’t unusual, people do a bunch of other things while putting on nail polish so it is easy to get distracted and tip the bottle over or drop the brush. No need to panic though as there are ways to deal with the situation quite effectively – here is the contingency knowledge you need:

Taking action

As always, don’t wait for the nail polish to set and harden, instead take measures timely and be victorious! Blot at the stain with an old but clean towel, be careful not to spread the stain – no rubbing, just blotting. Once the wet nail polish is sufficiently blotted out, chances are you will be left with the dry bits and pieces. These are best scraped off with a butter knife, spoon or any other similar instrument. Be gentle and be patient – don’t scrape too hard as you don’t want to drive the stain deeper or damage the carpet itself. Work your way inwards – this will help you contain the mess within a small area of carpet.

How – to – guide

Now, time for some chemical on chemical action. As any fair lady knows (should know anyway) nail varnish is best dissolved using nail polish remover. For those who wagged chemistry class in grade 7 – nail polish remover is based on, and contains acetone. Acetone is the natural enemy of oil based paints. Remember nail polish is a type of similar paint. Dip the corner of a clean, white towel in nail polish remover then gently blot at the stain. The towel has to be white as acetone may cause solid colours (fabric dyes) to dissolve and leak on the carpet leaving you in a world of trouble and frustration. The mantra here is to be gentle and to be sparing. Don’t apply too much nail polish remover as this might ‘burn’ the carpet’s base and fibres, especially if the carpet bottom is made of latex.

For your safety perform all this in a well-ventilated environment to avoid inhaling too much nail polish remover. You may also want to wear some eye protection, skin protection is optional.

Once through with blotting, press a tea towel over the treated area and soak up the nail polish remover residue. Next step is to make a solution of lukewarm water and one tablespoon of bleach-free detergent. Apply the solution over the stained areas using a spray bottle or clean kitchen sponge. Follow up by rinsing the treated spot with clean, warm water (again water bottle or sponge works fine). The stained area should be sufficiently damp at the end of rinsing. Dry out the carpet with a suitable cloth towel. Don’t use paper towels for this final step.