At Trust and Dust we like to harp on about how cleaning is good for you and can become a form of exercise, especially if you incorporate lunges and squats etc., into your chores.
However, it can also cause problems like back pain, tight shoulders and sore hands and wrists.
Sitting at a desk, working in a bar or restaurant and pretty much any job contribute to general aches and pains too (along with skiing and snowboarding of course!) so this is what we do to try and combat them…
- We try to do yoga as much as possible! Try searching on Youtube for videos that suit you. It’s hard to commit to an hour every day, so why not try 15 mins instead? We’ve just taken the 30 day yoga challenge from ‘Do you yoga’! Yoga strengthens up every part of your body, while helping you to relax and de-stress at the same time.
- Be aware of your posture. Sounds simple, but most of us are guilty of hunching our shoulders, not bending to pick things up properly and generally slouching at any opportunity! Roll your shoulders back, suck your stomach in and stand up tall. Engage that all-important core!
- For hand and wrists, the best thing you can do is try to use your non-dominant hand as much as you can. You’ll quickly be able to clean your loo or wash the dishes with your weaker hand, and it means you can share the load. Try stretching your hands and wrists when you can too. As in the picture squeeze your hand into a fist and release, stretching your hand out as much as possible.
- Stretching after cleaning your house might seem a bit ridiculous, but you are using your body as much as you might in some sports, so make sure you stretch out particularly your upper body. Try using household cleaning implements to help like in these photos!
If you need a little bit more help, then how about a full body massage? The Little Mountain Spa are fab and we enjoyed a wonderful shoulder massage earlier in the season.
Look after your body and it’ll look after you!