WHY HOUSEWORK IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH…

Love it or hate it, housework has to be done regularly but they are now saying it is also good for your health.

Housework can count as an exercise (well I already knew that), and some tasks can actually help to improve your strength and flexibility.

Apparently ironing isn’t at the top of the list for exercise but you can burn around 55 calories and it can make a significant difference to your core strength.

Vacuuming, however, can boost your core strength and can give your heart a good workout AND you could burn up around 100 calories each time.

Dusting and polishing will burn around 90 calories and helps increase flexibility as you reach up to corners and around furniture.

Changing the bed is also a good cardio workout and can burn up around 70 calories.

Mopping the floor is another good cardio workout for your heart and can burn around 100 calories.

Decluttering and cleaning promotes a positive mental attitude and can have an energising effect, allowing you to focus on other challenges in your life.

You can approach cleaning as a meditative task or throw yourself into it, all elbow grease and dancing with mops.

If your going to do your Spring cleaning properly this year then why not ditch the plastic and buy more echo friendly cleaning products like these listed below.

Objects of Use

Colt & Willow

Tincture London...

Mangle & Wringer…

Labour & Wait…

OVER TEN CHARITIES YOU CAN SUPPORT BY #RECYCLING…

 If you have some glasses you do not use anymore and are not one of your favourites then give them to Vision Aid Overseas. All you have to do is leave them at most UK optician branches and they will send them onto the developing world.   For CD’s and DVD’s the best place to give them is The Royal National Institute for the Blind as they can raise £50 per 100 CD’s or DVD’s donated.

If you have broken watches, or damaged jewellery then Marie Curie Cancer Care will recycle them for cash.   For electronic goods the ‘Rethink Recycling Appeal’ collects old mobile phones, DVDs, laptops, electric toothbrushes, printer cartridges, cameras, torches, power tools and other electric devices for reuse and recycling, and then allows you to donate the money they make to a charity of your choice.

If you have a load of old textbooks then READ International will collect them from across the UK and send them out to East Africa.  

Batteries can be recycled anywhere that you see the ‘Be Positive’ sign, including M&S, Argos, Homebase, B&Q and Tesco.

For everything else ‘The British Heart Foundation‘ will come and collect goods for free from your house. Just fill in the online booking form on The British Heart Foundation website.

Another company called ‘Stuff U Sell Ltd‘, will collect junk from anywhere in the UK, or you can send it to them or drop it off at their London warehouse. They will sell what they can on eBay for you, then give the rest to Oxfam or a recycling plant. You will get an inventory of how much they’ve sold your stuff for, and a cheque, minus their commission (between 10 and 30 per cent) and what they’ve given to charity. For more details head to Stuff You Sell.

For used ink cartridges head to Recycle4Charity. It is a free and easy to use ink recycling programme, that helps its thousands of members raise funds for charity and non-for-profit organisations. Since our launch in 2002, they have developed strong relationships globally with buyers of used ink cartridges, allowing us to compile and maintain one of the broadest and stable ink cartridge wanted lists in the market.

Water Aid Org will even recycle your car for you so don’t let your old car gather rust – recycle it instead! They work with two partners who can make your next steps simple. Just visit the Giveacar or Charity Car websites to find out how.

Wee Charity works with computers and electrical equipment. WeeeCharity is a NON for profit UK registered charity that helps to relieve poverty by offering a FREE complete recycling of computers and electrical equipment to businesses, residential and education facilities. Lots of help needed with this one at the moment. The equipment can be new, working or at the end of its life we can take it no matter what condition its in.

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