Sunday, June 24, 2012
Back in my WW days, there was always a big discussion on what counted as exercise, specifically day-to-day activities. Laundry? Vacuuming? Cleaning the bathroom? Grocery shopping?
There was a group that scoffed at the idea of counting such mundane things. How could it be exercise? Are you that desperate for exercise points that you count these tasks? The other group defended the practice. Thirty-minutes of folding laundry had to be worth something as giving a bathroom a thorough cleaning. Oh, and WW listed it in the online exercise lists so it had to be valid.
When I first began WW, I did count laundry, cleaning and shopping because I didn't belong to a gym (yet) and I was searching any NSV to keep me motivated. After I began working out regularly at the gym (60 minutes, 3x week), I stopped counting those "household points."
So on these new journey, I'm faced with the same dilemma. I haven't motivated myself enough to go to the gym (my list of excuses and rationalizations is quite impressive). Should I count my mundane tasks as exercise? My laundry room is in the basement, our bedroom is on the 2nd floor, so it is hauling laundry up two flights of stairs, either folding downstairs or upstairs. What if I limit recording to only 10 minutes, even if it to 60 minutes to complete the task (vacuuming a 2-story home with two shedding dogs is easily 60 minutes)?
The one thing I *don't* want to do is fall into the habit of "eating" my exercise points. On WW, my motivation went from "not being winded when walking" to "if I exercise for 30 minutes, I can have that Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich!"
On SP, I don't think I'll fall into that trap.
I just need to stop making excuses not to exercise.
The only person I'm hurting is myself, and I know I deserve better than that.