Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:00 PM
 
If the word clean makes you groan, why not focus on the lean part of it instead? The cLEAN Momma Workout is a new book that promises to get you in shape while you vacuum, do laundry, even wait for the microwave to beep! With exercises ranging from the rag drag to the suck and squat, I was so intrigued I decided not only to try them out, but to document my attempt. Pictures really are worth a thousand words...

Moms cook, wash bottles, kiss boo boos, hold the family together. Between chores, errands and responsibility, life often gets put on the backburner. Including our jiggling thighs and ever-expanding waistlines. Sound familiar? It's the concept behind the new book, The cLEAN Momma Workout: Get Lean While You Clean. The author, Carolyn Barnes, had an epiphany (thankfully for all of us!) that exercise and housework could be combined. She calls it "taskersize." And guess what? It works. I tried several of the exercises and gave my husband quite a chuckle as he photographed me. Let's just say squatting while vacuuming just might become a new spectator sport.

The Suck "N" Squat

The Suck “N” Squat

Watch out, ladies. This one is deceiving — in a good way. It might look easy, but you'll get a great workout while you clean those carpets. We have a fairly heavy vacuum so when I pushed it while simultaneously squatting, I could feel the burn in my core, glutes and thighs. #thenewburn

The Time Press

The time Press

The mult-tasker in me loved this one the most. I popped in a steamer broccoli and spent the next 5 minutes doing chest presses while I waited for that beep. To think I spent so many years just watching the timer musing at how long a minute really is. #multitaskersdream

Tricep Tub Dip

Tricep Tub Dip

Doing tricep dips on a rubber ducky rug in between scrubbing your kids' tub is genius (not to mention funny to look at!). Clean tub, plus toned triceps, equals no brainer. #ifrubberduckiescouldtalk

The Rag Drag

The Rag Drag

This is a great exercise that I've done in the gym (sans dish towels!). I loved being able to tone my thighs while cleaning up my toddler's mess. #nomorecryinggoverspilledmilk

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Kori Ellis January 17, 2013
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What an awesome article - hilarious/cool pictures!
Angela Amman January 17, 2013
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Where's the bicep curl where I bring my oversized coffee mug to my mouth a billion times a day? :) Seriously, these are awesome. I'll definitely have to add a couple of them into my day.
Sherri Kuhn January 16, 2013
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This is awesome! Of course, I am envious of your clean house now.
Katie Kavulla January 16, 2013
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This made my day, Lisa! How are you not cracking up taking those pictures?
Nichole Beaudry January 16, 2013
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You are seriously the queen of the multitasking!
And this is totally off topic, but I love the blue paint on your walls! :)
Galit Breen January 16, 2013
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Ohmygoodness, I couldn't possibly love this more! #hashtaggenius