No one looks forward to washing windows or storing the ski gear or the other chores associated with spring-cleaning. But this annual ritual does not have to be a drag, if you approach it in a slightly different way. "You've been cooped up with this cave-like mentality all winter; now it's time to break free and play," says R.D. Chin, a feng shui architect and consultant in New York City. "It's time to follow the cycle of nature, get rid of the clutter, and free up your mind." Here's our idea of what a truly effective spring-cleaning can look like.
Take your workout outside.
Studies show that outdoor workouts are more effective than indoor ones; running on solid ground instead of a treadmill, for example, increases your workload up to 10 percent. The same applies to cycling, in which wind drag creates the need for more energy output. Research also shows that being outside improves your attitude toward working out.
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