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Spring Cleaning, Good for Your Health?

If you're dreading Spring cleaning, here's something to lift your spirits.

Not only does Spring cleaning boost how many calories you burn, as little as 20 minutes of any kind of physical activity (including cleaning and gardening) a week helped mental health significantly, say researchers. So no, this is not to suggest that you should replace your endorphin boosting exercise routine with scrubbing toilets and floors, but to remind you that every little bit of physical activity counts — cleaning or otherwise.

If 20 minutes of housework can lift your spirits, imagine what a 30 minute jog on a beautiful Spring day will do for you.


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NatureMadeLisa NatureMadeLisa 9 years
I guess I always thought of Spring cleaning as something my mother always did, but I can't say that I've adopted the tradition. This posts makes me want to jump on the cleaning bandwagon. I actually get really into when I do it, although sometimes it is so overwhelming!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm doing most of mine on Friday because my parents are coming on Saturday. I don't have a LOT to do, but I want to get rid of some extra clutter I have laying around and I want to vacuum and steam clean my carpets and wash all my windows. I actually LIKE's very therapeutic and hey, you get a nice clean house when you're done!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I'm really dreading it. Most of the house is picked up but now I have to do the deep cleaning and washing the windows and everything. UGH. It is a great workout though.
omlove omlove 9 years
Cleaning is truly therapeutic. To see everything around me clean and organised really makes me happy. I feel inspired to take care of myself in clean surroundings. Also, it feels like im throwing out all the negativity from my life ....its symbolic.....i can go on and on
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Oh ya!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I'm just starting spring cleaning (yeah, I'm late on this task,lol) however cleaning always puts me in a zen state until I get angry that people never pick up after themselves (I'm a neat freak at times.) However I want to clean the yard up and sweep the driveway tomorrow, then I plan on cleaning my closet out this weekend.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yea, I am pretty much done mine too. I kept our place pretty spic and span all winter though so i didn't have a mountian of things to do.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
We sort of spring cleaned a couple weeks ago. This weekend was almsot 100 degrees so we didn't do much of anything!
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 9 years
I am finished with mine.
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