Monday 6 February 2012

Cleanercise sweeps the nation

 Talk about killing two birds with one stone - getting in some exercise and toning your wobbly bits while cleaning the house sounds like a brilliant example of multi-tasking to me and it's absolutely perfect for overstretched mums ! It's supposed to help boost happy hormones too which is an even bigger reason to try it. Just in time for spring cleaning too.


It’s time to Feel Good Cleaning as Cleanercise sweeps the nation

If you haven’t got time for Zumba, the gym leaves you cold and you find it hard to lead a healthy lifestyle then maybe it’s time to get creative in the kitchen; lunge in the living room and make cleaning more fun with Cleanercise – a Feel Good exercise that’s so simple it’s set to sweep the nation. Feel Good Cleaning brand Ecover has teamed up with Dancing On Ice professional ice skater, Frankie, to turn everyday cleaning tasks into gym-style feel good moves that will help boost happy hormones, tone wobbly bits and put a smile on faces across the nation. 

From simple washing-up to hoovering, floor and window cleaning to bed-making, home tasks can be transformed into a Feel Good workout with just a few simple changes that can help you lead a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Starting with the addition of Feel Good music, which is scientifically proven to improve our mood as our bodies release the feel-good chemical dopamine when we hear our favourite tunes. So crank up the music when doing your chores and turn your tasks into a mini work out to help both your health and home sparkle.

Learn the moves
Identified in a recent survey by Ecover as one of the nation’s top ‘feel good past times’, dancing around the house was the inspiration for super-toned Frankie’s development of the Cleanercise moves – ensuring maximum Feel Good whenever you clean. 

Frankie says, “I am always looking for new ways to fit everything into a busy day which is why Cleanercise is the perfect solution for cleaning, excercising and feeling good too. By combining everyday home chores with some simple body toning techniques you can burn calories and give you a little boost. 

“Add to that the Feel Good that comes with using  Ecover’s products which have no chemical nasties and are gentler on you, your family and the environment and you’ve got the perfect Feel Good formula. Small changes like these help you on the road to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.”

·         Maximising mopping Did you know you can burn 300 calories an hour when mopping the floor? Add in some full body twists when mopping side to side, and forward leg lunges when mopping forwards and backwards, and you’ll be working your tummy, legs and arms even more. You’ll feel the benefits in no time!

·         Work top work-out Clean the work tops with small and fast circular movements and some long over-arm sweeps of the cloth. A full body workout can be achieved; honing the core muscles, tightening the triceps, shoulders and back, as well as burning a hefty 250 calories each hour.  Use the same technique for cleaning windows and shower enclosures – long arm sweeps deliver some great toning results.

  Bicep bottle  Don’t think that gym has the only solution to toning  – the home is filled with things that you can use to work out. Fill two empty Ecover bottles with water and use them as weights to tone your arms – try eight bicep curls followed by eight triceps dips, then end with some resistance exercises. Hold the bottle out in front of you at a 90 degree angle and hold them there for as long as you possibly can – a great one for strengthening your arms and your determination!

·         Wiggle and whip Just because you’re busy cooking it doesn’t mean you can’t feel the health benefit.  Wiggle your hips and have a spin when cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Work up your appetite with a dance behind closed doors and in the time it takes for you to whip up a delicious and healthy main course, you will have burned an additional 200 calories.  Rather than sitting down while the veg are cooking have some guilty pleasure dance time – you’ll love it and your body will too!

·         Wash and glow When doing the washing up, turn on your favourite music and work your glute muscles with rear leg lifts. Using the sink for balance, raise your leg behind you whilst holding in your stomach and let your leg and bottom muscles do the hard work. Complete eight on the right leg before changing for the left leg, repeat until your favourite song has finished.

Reap the rewards of Cleanercising with Ecover
Cleanercising is ideal for those who are time-pressed and who don’t want to spend money on hefty gym fees.  Inspiration can come at the drop of a hat, and as long as you put in some energy, a stretch or two, and even a few squats, you can turn ordinary everyday chores into the extraordinary, whilst also benefiting your total well-being. 

Using Ecover’s products whilst Cleanercising is a fantastic way of keeping your home sparklingly shiny. With Cleanercising helping you stay healthy from the inside, Ecover products also care for you on the outside. Made from plant-based ingredients which leave no nasty residues or irritants on the skin, Cleanercising with Ecover is better for you, your family, and even the cat!

For more Cleanercise moves and to find out more about Feel Good Cleaning, visit


  1. What a fantastic idea, I'll definately be putting more oomph into my cleaning

  2. this is my type of exercise - it gets rid of the excuse of not being able to find the time as i can do 2 things at once!

  3. its a fab idea, been doing this sort of thing for the last month, nice bit of music and do something for the 2 mins it on and then another later in the day. Might get daft looks if I start doing in the hospital corridors whilst hoovering and mopping though

  4. Yes, that's the way forward. I have a 9 months old baby, I bought a DVD to do my exercises but I have not got the time! It is extremely difficult to fit all the cleaning, playing with the baby, cooking, taking her out for a walk in a day. So I am constantly on the go which helps not to put the weight on, plus the breastfeeding helps.

  5. Now this is the type of exercising I should be doing! just been over to the Ecover site too - don't think I'll be uploading any videos of my moves though LOL Thanks for this!

  6. Heh. But what if I'm too lazy for either? It might make me be a bit more houseproud though!

  7. I always seem to be cleaning up after the kids so hopefully if I do it this way maybe I could lose a significant amount of weight!


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