Get Moving, Start Cleaning, and Be Heart Healthy Campaign with Merry Maids and The American Heart Association!

February 17, 2015 -
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Happy Tuesday all! Hope you’re having a good one.

Today I’ve got something pretty cool to share with you from my friends at Merry Maids! Now, you may be thinking – cleaning & fitness? How do these combine?

Merry Maids, the leading home cleaning company in the United States, is partnering with the American Heart Association (AHA) for its third year to raise awareness for heart disease.

With 1 in 3 Women dying of heart disease or a stroke, it is a very serious topic & one that has personally affected my family.

Heart disease can be preventable & this February, Merry Maids is encouraging people everywhere to get creative and transform their cleaning routines into heart healthy activities and that’s where they’ve asked me to come in to collaborate & share a few fun ways you can turn some everyday cleaning into heart strengthening exercises!

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Not only do I love the mission behind this collaboration of the AHA & Merry Maids, but I was stoked to jump on board to share some videos of turning everyday cleaning activities into exercises!

MerryMaids.com will “Go Red” during the month of February to show their support for the American Heart Association and their Go Red for Women campaign as part of its “Get Moving, Start Cleaning, Be Heart Healthy” campaign.

According to the AHA, one of the best ways to reduce the risk of heart disease is through regular physical activity, and cleaning can definitely help get your blood pumping.

Merry Maids is a proud national supporter of the American Heart Association® and their Go Red For Women® movement. Since the beginning of the relationship in 2013, Merry Maids has contributed over $280,000 in funds through nationwide local efforts from our customers, franchise owner network and branches.

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Merry Maids supports Go Red for Women through American Heart Month, local fundraising programs like coin bank collections and additional service promotions. Merry Maids also leads internal cause education awareness (Go Red Education) for their network of franchise owners and team members.

Now THIS is awesome —> For every new “Like” of the Merry Maids Facebook page during the month of February, Merry Maids will donate $1 to the AHA’s Go Red For Women campaign, and will match all donations up to $75,000. 

How great is that?

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You can also go to their Facebook page to comment your favorite heart healthy exercises to enter to win prizes.

Below I’ve got two exercises to work on strength & cleaning at the same time with inspiration from Merry Maids National Cleaning Expert, Debra Johnson.

1) Plank Rollers:


Place feet on a large towel & work your way across the floor by pulling your feet in & back out. You can either use your upper body to continue moving forward for a more advanced heart pumping movement, or you can stand up each time in between.

Make sure to keep the core tight & hips up as you work your way across the squeaky clean floor! ;]

 2) Mopping & Bopping Side Lunges


Using the mop handle as a sturdy base, lunge side to side as you focus on pushing through your heels. Do a few strokes of the mop & then lunge to the next part of the floor!

*Make sure to work backwards as you don’t want to be lunging on a wet surface!

It might seem silly to turn your mop into a dance partner or a microphone, but having a little fun while you wash the floors is just what you need to take your floor-washing chores from mundane to exciting.

Merry Maids says that for best results, use a microfiber mop and a bucket of warm water with a little dish soap.

Another tip from Debra Johnson is to turn your Bathroom Wipe Down into a Workout!

Scrubbing the tub and washing the bathroom floor are easy tasks to put on the backburner. Before procrastination sets in, consider that with a little bit of elbow grease and a microfiber cloth, cleaning the bathroom can be a workout of its own. And if cleaning the bathroom makes you break a sweat, what better way to reward yourself than by calling first dibs on the freshly cleaned shower?
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It’s fun to switch the everyday thinking of “fitness” into something else like cleaning where you don’t even realize you could get some exercises in.

Everyday cleaning activities such as dusting, sweeping and folding can equate to some serious heart-healthy activity.  To celebrate the third year of its partnership with the AHA, Merry Maids is encouraging consumers to spread the love, or the “likes,” in support of the cause.

Again, for every new “Like” of the Merry Maids Facebook page during the month of February, Merry Maids will donate $1 to the AHA’s Go Red For Women campaign, and will match all donations up to $75,000.

I am happy to be a part of this great American Heart Month cause & collaboration. Thank you to Merry Maids for bringing my on board as a Fitness Expert to share some fun way to spice up your cleaning!

Be true to you,

xo Kasey

 

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