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Health Benefits of Cleaning

Here in Newfoundland we aren't quite summer yet…we still got a few weeks before sitting out on the deck and enjoying the outdoors is an option.   This means I have a chance to catch up on the ‘spring cleaning’ that I have to do.



Cleaning is a great way to get in those extra movements each day.


Beyond having a nice home, there are a lot of health benefits to cleaning and tidying up - plus a chance to use those squats and hip hinges outside of the gym.    The health benefits go beyond physical as cleaning helps with your mental well-being as well.


  1. Promotes Daily Physical Activity And Cardiovascular Health

Cleaning involves a lot of movement, stretching and depending on the task a good amount of cardiovascular exercise.  Your 30 minutes of de-cluttering and scrubbing can be an extra workout for the day!


  1. Helps Reduces Stress And Anxiety

This benefit resonates big time with me.  A clutter free house really gives me a sense of control and calmness and allows me to work without distraction.   Especially now that so many of us work from home, having an organized space goes a long way to help with stress.


  1. Reduces Allergens

Regular cleaning and dusting helps to reduce allergens in your home such as pet dander, mould and dust.  By dusting, vacuuming, and keeping damp areas dry, you can significantly improve indoor air quality.


  1. Healthy Habits

Habits are a great way to improve our lives.   Just as making a habit of brushing your teeth every night leads to flossing your teeth - creating routines around cleaning can lead to other health promoting lifestyle changes.   


  1. Better Sleep

A bedroom clear of clutter and allergens in a great environment for getting in your 40 winks.   A clean space that is your retreat is conducive to a calm frame of mind and being able to fall asleep.


  1. Accident Prevention

I recently took a fall prevention course and one of the first recommendations was to make sure your floors are clear of objects.   Having clear paths to walk along, especially at night ensures that we have nothing to trip on.


Life is busy and sometimes cleaning is low on the list of priorities, especially when we share our homes with others an pets. Think of having a clean space as an investment in your health and like all habits, start with small 'do-able' tasks, such as wiping down the stove top after each use. Encourage others to help keep your shared environment clean and free of allergens, use a schedule if need and think of jobs that can be done in 5 minutes.


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