Avoiding spring cleaning this year? La Jolla Sports Club has a few good reasons to just get it done!
After what feels like the longest winter San Diego has had in a very long time, spring is finally here. For the romantics in the crowd, this means looooovvvvve is in the air! For the rest of us, however, super bloom pollen is in the air, and it’s coming in hot with the Santa Anas. Eyeballs are tearing up just reading this post, and while we’d like to think it’s because you’re blown away by our content, we understand it’s your allergies, so what better way to segue into our post than by starting with:
Everyone everywhere always claims their place is, like, the worst when it comes to allergies. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we have the Santa Anas. Nicknamed Devil’s Breath, these winds originate in the desert and blow dust particles all over our town from October-March. Which means you’ve been coated in these allergens while you’ve been catching up on Handmaid’s Tale these past few months, so make it a point to clean up your place. And even if you’re not allergic to your favorite pet, their dander can build up over time and create a hotbed of sneezing and watery eyes.
We did a deep dive in our last post, but Science (!) has proven that more clutter = more stress. Science (!) has also shown that cleaning up your house can cut stress and anxiety by 20%. Those benefits start about 20mins into your housework, and apparently, lemon-scented cleaning products can help you de-stress faster, while creating a positive impression on others.
And stay de-stressed.
In a study from the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, women who described their homes as stressful, in particular talking about clutter and unfinished projects, were more likely to have an increasingly depressed mood throughout the day, which then led to more fatigue after work. On the flip side, women who described their homes as relaxing (and less cluttered) became less depressed as the day went on. Boom.
Feel the burn!
We love seeing your smiling faces at La Jolla Sports Club, but you can also burn up to 200 calories an hour cleaning. A study from Indiana University found that the cleaner the house, the more exercise the participant got. One explanation they found might be connected to self-regulation, the ability to act in a way that drives you toward your goals. If individuals were motivated to take control of how clean their homes were, they may be able to use that drive in another area of their lives, like that butt-kicking HIIT class on Wednesdays here at LJSC.
Feel the zzzs!
According to the National Sleep Foundation, people who make their beds daily are 19 percent more likely to consistently sleep well. The organization also found that 75 percent of respondents slept better on clean sheets because they were more comfortable. Keeping that Spring Clean definitely has its benefits!
In an article posted on Psychological Science, the study found that physical order produces healthy choices, generosity and conventionality, whereas disorder produces creativity. Related sidenote: La Jolla Sports Club offers nutrition programs… but we can’t help you clean your room.
It could improve your health.
Bringing it back around to those pesky allergens, upgrading your standard wiping and going for that Deep Clean can help rid your house and life of lurking mold and bacteria. You might not even know how affected you were until you got clean by getting dirty, so try putting a cleaning session in your calendar to keep yourself accountable (also works with workouts, ahem).
Alright, that’s it for this month! Enjoy the sunshine, see you in May!
// Your friends at La Jolla Sports Club