New Exercise Craze

Move over Jillian Michaels, Billy Blanks and Richard Simmons.  From the woman who hates exercise and thought it would be a cold day in Hades before she'd ever feel differently comes an exciting new workout that will help get your body (and home) in tip top shape.

Forget Zumba, Spinning, Pilates or whatever exercise craze is currently "in" and say hello to a revolutionary exercise that I like to call...Cardio Mop!


For those of you unfamiliar with houses in Mexico, most homes don't have wall-to-wall carpeting.  But some of us are lucky enough to have wall-to-wall tiling.  And not that vinyl peel-and-stick kind of tiling.  I'm talking handmade cement tiles. (Some are quite lovely.)

Part of every Mexican housewife's morning routine is to sweep and mop the entire house.  EVERY day.  Luckily my house is small, so this workout only takes me 30 minutes from start to finish.  Most days. 

I like to start my "work-out" with a warm-up which consists of sweeping the bedrooms, bathroom, living room, dining room and kitchen.  There's bending and stretching to get all of the dust, candy wrappers, toys, shoes, stray school supplies and lost socks from under the furniture.  Followed by a quick run around the house trying to put everything back where it belongs.

Now that I've got my heart rate up, it's time to start the real workout.

Fill a bucket with water and add your favorite cleaning solution: bleach, Pinol or Fabuloso.  (I love that purple stuff!)   A little aroma therapy really helps makes for a much more pleasant workout. 

Dip your mop in the bucket and wring it out, but not completely.  The first pasada (passing of the mop) is best with a very wet mop.  The extra water adds weight which will help in shaping and toning your biceps, triceps and shoulders.  Mop one or two rooms at a time, making sure to really put your weight into pushing the mop around, which will help work every muscle in your body.

Return the mop to the bucket, then wring it out completely.  This final pasada is to dry the floor and is the second set of your workout.

Continue to mop the remaining rooms, until your entire house is clean and you feel the burn in every muscle.

Now that's what I call a great workout!  And it's also great for relieving stress!

As a co-founder of H.A.H. (Housewives Against Housework), I wasn't always fond of having to mop my house every single day.   But there was only one thing I disliked even more...EXERCISE.  Since both activities are necessary evils, why not turn such an arduous chore into a workout, thus killing two birds with one stone.

Now if only I could convince the folks at Bally's or 24-Hour Fitness that Cardio-Mop is sure to be the next big exercise craze. 



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19 comments

  1. Oh Leslie, I couldn't agree with you more!  I cannot stand exercising and I do not like mopping either! Between mopping and going up and down my stairs, I don't need to go to the gym.   Do you remember those sponge mops frrom the States that had a metal handel to squeeze out the water? Why don't they exist here?  Great post!  I can TOTALLY relate!

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  2. This was great!  It brought a huge smile to my face!  I remember being in Mexico and watching everyone mop all the time.  I know mopping is a workout!  I hate excercise also.    I really think your on to something here....

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  3. LOL!  Your nose will be as long as Pinocchio's if you aren't careful, silly lady!

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  4. this was a fun read! do you wear the heels while you're at it?

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  5. HAHA! This gave me a laugh!  I wouldn't last in Mexico.  I hate mopping with a passion!  I will swiffer when needed, spot clean when necessary but to break out the bucket and fabulouso (and I LOVE that purple stuff), happens about once every few months.  Thank goodness for my mom - she mops for me.  

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  6. My grandmother mopped the kitchen every evening after dinner. My mom frequently mopped and waxed ... she says it's how she stayed so thin. seriously. 

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  7. LOL love this! I'm so grateful for my carpeting and Dyson vacuum =)

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  8. This is so true!! I sometimes feel so sore after sweeping and mopping!! I have to say I love the purple Fabuloso too!! It reminds me of growing up in my parents home!

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  9. Sounds like you HAVE found the next exercise fad, at least for those without carpeting. Good luck with your franchise.

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  10. Ja! I'm unable to master those twisty things in the top of the bucket for squeezing the water out of the rope mops.  I have to get down and use my hands which is not fun.  I did find the sponge mops with the metal trap that closes over them and squeezes the water out but I'm the only one who will use it.  I found it, after lamenting them a lot, at a store called something like 'como se ve en TV'.  

    We use a tiny bit of kerosene (gas morada) in plain water for the pasta tile floors here, it keeps them shiny and seems to deter bugs too.You're doing Cardio Mop and I'm doing Tai Chi with the mosquito zapper! 

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  11. Hilarious, and very relatable.  I have actually built up callouses between my thumb and first finger from all the sweeping and mopping I do here in El Salvador.  Man I miss my hoover

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  12. this is great! i'm impressed that you actually do mop every day! I've definitely rebelled against this tradition, and we've made it five years and counting.. :)

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  13. It's a "two-for!" *LOL* Seriously, I'd be in the worst mood if I had to do that every single day. But yeah, great exercise. You crack me up. ; D

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  14. "Burn Baby Burn"
    Loved this post....but I think i'll stick to Zumba!!   HA HA
    Poppin' in from LBS.
    so happy I did :)

    My Inner Chick
    http://myinnerchick.com

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  15. It's taken me some time to get used to the cardio mop workout. I still hate it with a passion. You should try the fabuloso mint one! (light blue, looks like the frescura one but smells sooo much better) There are times I'll leave the bucket sitting in a room for 10 mins after I mop so that the smell of it can saturate the house. Minty fresh and nice and cool smelling.

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  16. Haha, that's so awesome! Pity you don't have carpeting. Pushing around a sixteen-ton vacuum cleaner would do the trick as well!

    stopping in from the lbs tea party.

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  17. You mop your floor every single day?  That is definitely a work out.

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  18. I guess that will probably catch on.  Umm, maybe not at my house.

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  19. i don't know how our wood floors would do with being mopped ever day, but maybe that's just my excuse for not wanting to clean all the time. i do love to work out though, but i should clean my house more often, then maybe i'd keep the weight off.

    feliz ano nuevo y dia de los reyes magos.

    teresa en nagoya 

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