1. WARM UP..you're a lot less likely to tear your rotator cuff if you get those muscles loose.
2. DO NOT expect your children to be able to vacuum from now on. I know, I know, it's one of the main reasons we had them, right?! But their tiny child arms and shoulders won't be able to handle this workout. I've had to increase my expectations from them on other chores to balance out their inability to help out with this one.
3. DO NOT stop mid-vacuum swipe! Trust me, you'll need the momentum to finish those beautiful carpet lines. If you do happen to stop, due to extreme fatigue or muscle cramping, I've found that turning the vacuum off and then restarting it while you are in motion helps.
4. DO NOT be ashamed of noises that come out of your body during your routine. Grunting, flatulence, sobbing.. It's all a part of your vacuuming routine now. No shame, just acceptance.
5. DO NOT shower or get dressed in regular clothes before your vacuum-cardio workout. It's pointless, you will work up a sweat and stink the rest of the day, or ruin your cute outfit with unsightly pit stains. I've even given up brushing my hair pre-vacuum now. (see video)
6. DO complain loudly every time you need to vacuum. This increases the sympathy you might get from your spouse/significant other and improves your chances of a post vacuum massage.
7. DO NOT forget your cool down and stretching routine. You've gotta get that lactic acid out of your muscles unless you want to be really sore afterward.
8. DO look for others that share in your vacuuming anxiety and stress. Studies show that support groups can be really helpful in these kind of circumstances.
I hope these tips come in handy, but if you are smart, you'll just steer clear of this one!