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CLRWILLIAMS25 SparkPoints: (32,644)
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10/17/12 3:07 P

You could always designate a certain area to do your workouts and make sure that area is clean before you start. You can clean that area, do your workout, then worry about the rest of the house. I do workouts in my living room so I just make sure it is tidy and that the rug is vacuumed so I don't freak out when I lay on the floor.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
10/17/12 2:59 P

I like the idea of scheduling
I also like the idea of incorporating exercise into the routine.

However, dropping everything in favour of a good walk is awesome.
The housework will still be there, of course.

MAEBEA40 Posts: 252
10/17/12 2:09 P

I work all week and my cleaning day is on Fridays. First thing I figure out what I have to do. Then when I get something done I do an exercise. I put a load of laundry start dinner in the crock pot. Then put the dishes in the dish washer, turn on the tv and get on the treadmill it is a 30 min show so I walk for 30 min then the dishes and clothes are done. Put clothes in dryer, Put on another load of clothes, feed the dog, sweep and mop floor, by this time the dog needs walking take dog for walk 20 min. I go around the block. Vacuum Floor Kitchen floor is dry do another load of clothes, Work out on ball with weights watch another tv program. Fold clothes put them away, Fix lunch, eat lunch usually something easy no mess. Go grocery shopping , pay bills ( I pay my bills at the place, because I have to walk to get to the places more exercise) fix lunches for the week put up grocery's. Dust, wash sheets make beds. Just doing housework is exercise. Then I clean bathrooms, Supper time then after we eat put dishes in dishwasher or paper plates, then I crochet until bedtime.

SPIRALDOWN SparkPoints: (17,350)
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10/15/12 8:03 P

PSW is Personal Support Worker... I work for the Red Cross ...i go into peoples homes and help them when they are sick, hurt or elderly.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
10/15/12 6:41 P

What is a PSW? I never heard of it before.

SPIRALDOWN SparkPoints: (17,350)
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10/15/12 6:09 P

Thank you .... I love trying different ways to get movement into my day. I am a PSW so there are always interesting ways to do things.... Squats helping someone get dressed, twist while drying be explorative. Please share any you come up with..would love to try new ones

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10/15/12 11:23 A

Chores are inevitable...there are ways of exerciseing while doing chores...and the work i do these oftwn...i will run a hall instead of walking it, bicep culrs w the landry basket, Lat rows w the laundry basket...i do 30 step ups before i go up the stairs, , push ups off the couch, lunges while picking stuff up off the floor...get creative... Walk the hall while talking on the phone. The all work.. i do agree though setting aside time in your schedule just like you would for an appoint... Make time for u! :-)

N16351D Posts: 2,349
10/15/12 11:22 A

Spiraldown , you have some great ideas of incorporating chores into the workday at home. I'll try some of your ideas today!

N16351D Posts: 2,349
10/15/12 11:21 A

Maritimer3- I never considered what would happen if I dropped dead. Then my husband would have to to them, and our house is bigger than it was when we married 28 years ago! (And we have a lot more stuff!)

Lillys1958- I also live in the country and have a lovely view of the water. Normally, I get up, get going and get outside. I love it. I feel freedom out there. Once I am outside the door, I walk, run, bike, or get to the fitness club for a workout. This works because I don't see the chores; out of sight, and out of mind. So I get my workouts done when I leave the house. Sometimes due to scheduling, icy roads in winter, illness or short of time, I can't do that. And I read on SP about many who get exercise at home. Thus, my question, how do you do it inside at home?

Do we agree that the household chores are always there, and never done?
Thanks for responses all, please keep them coming!

LILLYS1958 SparkPoints: (9,180)
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10/15/12 11:04 A

I live in the country so I just think, I am going for a walk. I see the changing leaves and deer. Then I do the house work. After all these years, guess what? The house work is always there. You first!

DROPCONE Posts: 1,537
10/15/12 10:48 A

I agree that it can be really hard to keep from seeing all the chores to be done when you're at home all the time and you're the one responsible for doing all the chores!

I prioritize, make lists, and adhere to a schedule. The priorities are so I can decide what's most important, including at what point I can consider the house "done" and fit other things into my life. The schedule gives some overall structure to my day, but I switch things around if things come up. Also the schedule allows me to focus my attention and keep distractions at bay.

It took me a while to get into a routine that works, and sometimes I still have to tweak the routine if stuff comes up. I spend maybe 15 minutes at each end of the day to think about the next few hours or next day's schedule.

Also, I admit it - I'm not "company clean" every day. Floors & bathroom happen once a week, or even once every two weeks. I spend a bit more time on meals & cleaning the kitchen, mainly because I don't want to starve or get food poisoning. But there are other activities I find more fulfilling, so I just do the basics as far as cleaning goes & live with it.

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (124,643)
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10/15/12 10:06 A

It's a big problem for me too. I can always find things that I "have to do" instead of exercising. For me, I think it's a problem of not enjoying exercising, so I put it off. Maybe there's also something about thinking these "other things" are more important...but if I drop dead, they will never get done...

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10/15/12 9:58 A

Chores are inevitable...there are ways of exerciseing while doing chores...and the work i do these oftwn...i will run a hall instead of walking it, bicep culrs w the landry basket, Lat rows w the laundry basket...i do 30 step ups before i go up the stairs, , push ups off the couch, lunges while picking stuff up off the floor...get creative... Walk the hall while talking on the phone. The all work.. i do agree though setting aside time in your schedule just like you would for an appoint... Make time for u! :-)

SPIRALDOWN SparkPoints: (17,350)
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10/15/12 9:57 A

Chores are inevitable...there are ways of exerciseing while doing chores...and the work i do these oftwn...i will run a hall instead of walking it, bicep culrs w the landry basket, Lat rows w the laundry basket...i do 30 step ups before i go up the stairs, , push ups off the couch, lunges while picking stuff up off the floor...get creative... Walk the hall while talking on the phone. The all work.. i do agree though setting aside time in your schedule just like you would for an appoint... Make time for u! :-)

N16351D Posts: 2,349
10/15/12 7:30 A

That may help. OK. Thanks.

Any more ideas out there?

REBCCA SparkPoints: (267,512)
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10/15/12 7:22 A

Schedule in the time, put on music and know you are making valuable investment in your wellness. With good health and fitness all those other chores and tasks are easier.

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N16351D Posts: 2,349
10/15/12 6:49 A

To you at-home exercisers, how do you avoid inevitable distractions so that you can start and finish a 30 minute workout at home? Home is where I work and the chores are endless and never done. There are meals to plan, prep, cook, and clean up afterwards. There are bills to pay and laundry to be sorted, washed, folded, ironed, mended, and put away. The bathrooms need daily and weekend cleaning, as do all of the floors. And that is only the beginning of the weekly chores, not to mention the monthly and annual chores, plus the yardwork!

How do you workout at home and not be distracted by the never-ending work? (By the way, I don't watch television, since I am too busy doing chores!)

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