i just read an article from SP about squeezing more movement in the day; housework, scrubbing the tub to carrying a basket instead of a cart, while grocery shopping as weight lifting. very insightful and useful.
I adapted an idea I saw on pintrest to have wooden sticks with extra chores or physical tasks written on them. I put them words down in a cup and pick out a couple each day to do as my "challenge". My house is looking better and I keep on moving, which keeps me busy, which keeps me from being bored, which keeps me from boredom eating. The many different things on the sticks keep it varied so I'm not in a rut day in and day out.
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Short chores and exercise with my son. He's three and comes up with crazy dance ideas I have to do.
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I love my Fitbit Flex! I cannot believe how much it motivates me to move. I am constantly on the lookout for "walking opportunities" now. I park further away - I walk around the conference table every time I go to the printer/copier - I take the longest route to get in the house - I walk everyday at lunchtime now - If I need to wait somewhere, I see it as a chance to get extra moving in by stepping in place.
Just two months ago I started with an average of 750 - 1,500 steps a day and now I am averaging 5,000 - 6,000 a day. My ultimate goal is to walk 10,000 a day. I hope to be able to by this Fall.
Knowing that every step I take is recorded automatically and then synced with Spark is incredibly motivating for me. I wouldn't have guessed it could make such a difference!
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I do a quick walk around the office from time to time and check in on people, or pick up things left around. It fosters better relationships with coworkers, and it puts a few extra steps in.
I also walk during part of my commute to work!
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2 7/25/13 9:49 A
wow, great inquiry! this is what i do for a living! http://www.MoveMoreToday.com
I sold my car almost five years ago to save money - but I'm getting a lot of exercise as a bonus. I walk every day to various stores. I walk to the doctor's office. I ride my bike to my exercise class at my local church. I walk down to the beach, the bank, or the post office. Fortunately every where I need to go is convenient - within a mile or two.
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304 7/23/13 9:24 A
I try to move around when I'm cooking a meal. If I'm standing at the stove I'll do lunges and squats. If I'm waiting for something in the microwave, I'll walk from the kitchen to the front door and back until it is time to check the food or do the next thing. When I'm cleaning up the kitchen I jam music and dance around.
I work on the 6th floor of an office building - I walk up the stairs in the morning.
It's a 15 minute walk from my office to my bus stop, I walk it instead of taking the train.
It's a 10 minute walk to the bus from my house or I could drive to a park and ride - I walk.
On the way home, I get off on the stop at the bottom of the hill rather than the stop after my street which is a flatter walk.
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306 7/22/13 9:06 A
Taking stairs, parking at the opposite end of the mini mall when the store I want is on the other end, not letting the grocery store employee take my groceries to the car, ( I read you should do this yourself for strength training.) Cases of water is HEAVY! Climbing the stairs in my house several times a day. (usually because I can't remember where I put something, lol)
I keep a dumb bell by my chair too. To add more resistance I hold a pair when I walk. I walked all the way to a friends home - about 3 miles away, carrying a pair so I could give them to her when I got there...lol.
Instead of driving up to the mail box, I walk up.
And I didn't shy away from the rain last Friday. It was a gentle warm rain so I kept walking/jogging. Embracing different conditions and not letting them stop me.
i keep an 8 pound dumbbell by my desk and do reps real quick when I dont' do anything else and I'm too lazy 2 get out of my chair.... also a quick bike ride around my neighborhood at lunch is just a mile but I have to do it real fast so I'm not late for work... parking as far as I can away and power walking all the way from one end of store to the other and back is 1/2 to 1 mile... and 30 minutes of housework or yardwork a day goes fast and makes me feel good about myself in more ways than one... and last but not least a 15-20 yoga work out from YouTube is easy and I can do it in my jammies before bed without a big whoop
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40 7/18/13 2:09 P
I was just reading some of these replies, and thinking how awesome you ladies (and guys) are! Such determination! Such inspiration! Just remember: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give up! You will reach your goal if you follow that one bit of advice. I am on the last leg of this journey, 18 pounds from goal. I can't wait to get into maintenance mode, and I feel so much better than when I began. It has not been easy, but it has been worth it. And it is so much easier to eat healthy and exercise than it was when I began. Luck and hugs to you all!
I always take the stairs (now anyway), park further away, keep a cardio step in front of the TV for evenings. At work I'm standing in front of a work bench all day so I do a step-touch aerobic move as much of the day as possible. Small things but they seem to be helping and I always get some activity in even if a regular workout is not available.
On work days I will use the printer that's the furthest away from my desk and also walk to talk to co-workers instead of calling. I will also park a little further if I'm driving that day and do try to get out for walks during my coffee breaks. At home, I'll do some crunches while watching TV and dance while I'm playing with my son (and trying to get him to dance and be silly too).
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I also walk to work (1km each way) and use a pedometer. If I haven't done 10,000 steps by the end of the day, round the block or off to the park I go. It also helps to park as far away from the mall / lift / your general destination as you can, and take the stairs wherever possible...
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94 7/15/13 11:06 P
Walking to and from work is a great way for me to get an hour in (30 minutes each way). Also walking for groceries instead of taking the car, and taking the "long way" whenever possible.
I stop procrastinating around the house. If the recycling needs to be taken out -- do it now, don't wait for my husband to do it. If a pair of shoes needs to be taken upstairs, do it now, don't set them on the bottom step for the next trip up, etc.
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6 7/15/13 4:44 P
I like playing "Tag" with my cat. She is more like a dog anyway - she likes being chased and chasing me when playing. I may do this for only 10 minutes a day, but it gets my heart rate up and makes me start sweating.
Parking further away is my biggie. Since it's so hot and humid, and I have NO tolerance for it, I'm getting less and less workouts in, even at the gym. Also, I like to do some wall push ups, lunges, squats, etc in the bathroom. I take lots of bathroom breaks. (With all this water I drink, it's not too hard! lol) On breaks at work, I try to get in some of the same ST I do in the bathroom. Whatever I can fit in.
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221 7/15/13 12:38 A
I'm using the laundry one! great way to get in a bit more - the laundry certainly never ends :)
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850 7/14/13 10:40 P
My two little things are that I always use the upstairs bathroom in our house (and jog up the stairs) and I do step-ups on the curb at the gas station while I'm filling my car.
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4,439 7/14/13 8:33 P
- Parking further away - Taking several trips if able to (ex, taking groceries up to the apartment) - Incorporate Strength Training into laundry. (Fold a shirt, do a squat, fold some pants, set of lunges). - When I watch TV by myself I'm usually up and doing other household chores. - When I'm on the phone with someone, I tend to pace around the house (personal tic, but it helps!) - A quick set of jumping jacks while in the ladies' room
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1,797 7/14/13 4:27 P
Spark videos on mute during evening tv time. Stretching throughout the day. 10 squats after every shirt or slacks I iron. Kitchen counter barre exercises while cooking walk around the block after dinner
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767 7/14/13 3:02 P
I park farther away from the door when I go to work or when I'm running errands.
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1,732 7/14/13 2:33 P
What's your favorite way to squeeze more movement into your day? My favorite way is to put in between chores all day long, I really like doing it the morning time.
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