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How to Make Moving a Workout

Moving day preparations can burn more calories than a gym session

Woman working out outside
If you are planning to move, it's a good opportunity to take advantage of this
and introduce a fresh change to your daily workouts, by doing the actual work.

An average person knows a lot of facts about moving. After all, we know that it's usually one stressful ordeal, as well as that it almost always costs a pretty penny. But what not everyone knows is that you can actually make moving a workout. People who like to keep active are probably worried about disrupting their gym schedules. All you really need to know is that the moving day (and the preparation for it) can sometimes burn more calories than a gym session itself.

So whether you are preparing for moving to one of the places abroad or are just moving to a house down the block, there are a few key facts you should know about moving. Especially if you intend to make it count by helping you burn many calories in the process, to help you stay healthy even during the move.

Packing can count as a valuable workout

Let's be honest - packing is usually the most intricate and tedious part of a relocation. That's the reason why many households opt for enlisting professional help. Luckily, these days you can find packing help on every corner. Companies and websites such as preferred-movers.com make it easy for you to find packing professionals, get in touch with them, and book their services for the date that works best for you.

a living room
By doing your own packing at home before moving, you will combine practical
with useful, turning your packing into a valuable workout.

But are there any reasons for you to skip professional packers? As it turns out, if you want to save money, lose some energy and, therefore, burn calories, your best bet is to deal with packing on your own. Packing itself will burn as much as 222 calories in just one hour. Imagine what an entire day of packing your items will do for your body.

Since you won't be able to pack your entire home in just one day, give yourself a more realistic goal. Focus on packing one room per day and consider every packed box to bring you one step closer to finishing your workout for the day. This will take care of your moderate exercise routine for a few days.

cardboard box with stuff in it - a drawing
When you are packing your stuff at home prior to moving, it will involve a lot of
movement around the place, putting the stuff into boxes, and carrying them out.

The stairs are an easy way to make moving a workout you'll remember

Have you ever heard of The StairMaster? Why pay for one when moving is the perfect opportunity to get a cardio exercise you'll remember? Ascending and descending stairs alone will turn moving day into a cardio day. In fact, it's such a useful and fruitful exercise that an hour of carrying furniture up and down the stairs will help you lose 572 calories! What a staggering number!

It goes without saying that the stairs will be more than just cardio exercise. They are known for their potential of toning your glutes, quads, and hamstrings, helping you have a lean yet toned body. All you have to do is make sure you choose the right shoes for this adventure. Flip flops and sandals certainly won't provide you with the stability this endeavor will entail. Comfortable trainers, on the other hand, will!

Loading your items is basically the same as a session at the gym

Do you lift or bench-press weights when working out at the gym? Then you won't have any problems turning your relocation into a great workout! Carrying heavy boxes and robust furniture will put your muscles through the same strain as a session at the gym. In fact, the strain of moving furniture is so big that it causes a 381 calorie loss. Per hour!

a woman holding a bar in the gym
Instead of repetitious lifting of heavy bars at the gym, you might find preparing
for a move a good break from a routine, while saving yourself some money.

You just have to be realistic. If you are moving out of a big house, you won't be able to carry the entire burden on your shoulders. Enlist the help of a couple of good friends, neighbors or colleagues, and let the fun begin. Besides, all of you can celebrate together once the moving truck is loaded, since that's the end of the road. All you'll have to do now is drive safely to your next destination. But before that, feel free to order some pizza and marvel at the job well done. Or work on burning some more calories if you still have some energy in you.

Make use of the empty space

Once all the boxes are packed, you'll find yourself standing in a huge empty room. If the reason behind you joining the gym was the fact that you never had enough space to work out at home, guess what? You now have all the space you need. And that space can provide you with almost a limitless number of ways through which you can make moving a workout.

You can do all sorts of bodyweight exercises, planks, balance exercises, core workouts, squats, etc. The list goes on and on. In fact, you'll have so much free space that you will probably be able to gather your entire family and have a fun group workout. Since you'll probably be relying on fast food in the days surrounding your relocation, you will all feel great after a vigorous training session.

an empty room to use to make moving an exercise
Do you have a favorite exercise? You certainly have enough space for doing it!

Be creative and you'll have no problem making relocation a workout

Think about it - every time you pick up a box off of the ground, you are basically doing a deadlift. And every time you crouch down in order to get leverage on a heavy box, you are basically doing a squat. People say that where there's a will, there's a way - and we couldn't agree more.

After all, you should make moving a priority for only a limited amount of time. The real priority, now and always, should be to preserve your health. The good thing is that there are many ways through which you can make moving a workout. This way, you'd be killing two birds with one stone - you would be focused on your relocation while also making sure you stay healthy. And that's something that will pay off in the long run.

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