Sunday, October 06, 2013
1 - park your car in a space a little further away from the door of the stores, church, or workplace - I know some suggest parking at the far edges, but I would say that isn't always time efficient or safe - instead, I suggest leaving 3 closer spots vacant when you park. That does a couple of things in addition to adding some steps, it makes you feel good, helps other people out, and brings a smile to the faces of the young mother with a car filled with young kids who can get a closer spot, the teenager who is rushing to get to work so s/he isn't late, or the weary husband who is rushing to pick up that last minute gift and get home to surprise his wife.
2 - lose the remote control and GET UP and change channels.
3 - use the bathroom farthest from your desk at work or your chair at home (when you drink a lot of water this can add LOTS of extra steps to your day)
4 - play with the kids (grandkids) outside
5 - swing on the swings
6 - take the dog out for an extra walk
7 - take the garbage out instead of waiting for hubby/kids/or someone else to do it (especially nice when that job is NORMALLY done or assigned to someone else - it is then a special gift)
8 - Instead of asking the kids to get you something while watching TV, ask them if they would like YOU to get them something
9 - Lift your legs while watching TV (either one at a time or both together)
10 - While waiting in line, take a couple of deep breaths and tighten and relax your muscles
11 - Fidget (this can be a really big calorie burner)
12 - Take a walk around your yard and take the time to enjoy the flowers, leaves, surroundings - make it even better by having your significant other do it with you
13 - Give your pet a bath - this could really burn some calories if s/he doesn't enjoy a bath
14 - Walk to work (not an option for me when work is 30 minutes away - but when it was just 2 miles away, it worked really well and left me more alert and focused at work all day long)
15 - Take a short walk after you finish eating a healthy meal - at work you can often get 10 or 15 minutes in while still getting enough time to enjoy your food.
16 - Take time to get up and deliver a message in person instead of by email or phone.
17 - Stand up and walk around your desk/cubical/or office while talking on the phone
18 - Stash your snacks and treats in a different room from where you normally eat them - put them in single serving packs and ONLY take one serving at a time - then if you CHOOSE to have seconds, you have to walk back to get the seconds - serves two purposes - makes you think about whether you REALLY want that second serving AND if you do want it, adds steps to your day.
19 - Go for a bike ride - for FUN, not as exercise, but just because it is FUN.
20 - Go swimming - again for FUN and not as exercise, but just because it gives you pleasure.
21 - Take the time to go visit your neighbors - regardless of whether you live in the countryside or the city in a high-rise apartment building, steps are steps and some is more than none. You also might find someone who would enjoy working out with you occasionally or even just taking a walk with you.
22 - Walk around your car three times and check the tires.
23 - Use the stairs - you don't have to go UP the stairs but even going down uses energy and adds steps.
24 - If you use an elevator, get off one floor above or below the floor you want - it doesn't have to be a whole flight of steps.
25 - Do some crunches, leg lifts, or sit-ups before getting out of bed in the morning and again before you go to sleep at night.
26 - When putting away groceries, take one item at a time from the bags and put it away.
27 - When putting away laundry, take one item and put it away at a time.
28 - When you get canned food off the shelf or out of the fridge, lift them over your head 5 - 10 times before opening them.
29 - Do 5 - 10 wall push ups each time you go to the bathroom.
30 - Dance with your kids or grandkids.
31 - Dance with your significant other.
32 - Dance by yourself while listening to your favorite music when nobody is around.
33 - Vacuum your floors more often - your house with shine and you will add steps.
34 - Sweep the floors and then go out and sweep your porch, sidewalk, or patio - do this even in the winter when you aren't using them very often.
35 - Play tag with the kids.
36 - Do 5-10 jumping jacks when a commercial comes on the TV.
37 - Move your most used kitchen items either to the highest shelves or the lowest shelves in your cupboards - this way you get to stretch each time you reach for them.
38 - Set your table by taking only ONE item on each trip - just spoons, then forks, then knives, etc.
39 - Pick a common word and every time it is said on TV, radio, by someone in your hearing, do a stretch, lift each leg as high as you can.
40 - Dust the knick-knacks taking them down one at a time, dust/or wash the item, place it on the table, and then when they are all done, put them back up the same way.
41 - Take the kids/grandkids on a scavenger hunt - this can be seasonal, or themed - look for specific items in nature, landmarks, etc.
42 - Keep your phone in the cradle/charger and get up to answer it.
43 - Set a timer on your computer and get up and walk around for 2-5 minutes at least once every 30 minutes.
44 - Wash your windows.
45 - Wash your car.
46 - Take a destination walk - walk until you see a man with a hat, until you see a robin, until you see three red cars - make it fun and do it with the kids or grandkids and let them pick the "destination".
47 - Mow your own lawn.
48 - Garden.
49 - Rearrange your furniture.
50 - Play tennis.
51 - Play gold but don't use a cart.
52 - Go outside and look at the stars and the moon.
53 - Take a walk in the rain - bring your umbrella or while it is warm, just enjoy getting wet.
54 - Walk around your house and check for places that might need repairs or a touch up.
55 - Use a wagon and pull your kids/grandkids down to the store and get them a treat or just window shop.
56 - Get off the bus/out of the taxi/or off the train one stop before or after your normal stop and walk the difference.
57 - Offer to take your elderly neighbor's dog for a walk.
58 - Walk through the mall or a superstore - don't necessarily buy anything, just walk around and look.
59 - Take your cat for a walk - this is VERY different from walking a dog - can be quite eventful.
60 - Give the kids/grandkids a piggy back ride.
61 - Go to a local high school or middle school sporting event and walk around and people watch.
62 - Do deep knee bends or squats while waiting in line.
63 - March in place while waiting in line.
64 - Bake something fantastic and take it to a neighbor as a gift.
65 - Go to a nursing home and take a resident for a walk or push the wheelchair around the facility.
66 - Volunteer to work at a school.
67 - Deliberately take deep breaths and stand up straighter and power walk quickly, with purpose.
68 - Volunteer to work with the Scouts in your community.
69 - Go for a hike.
70 - Visit an art gallery.
71 - Go to a state park and walk the trails.
72 - Mingle at a party instead of finding a place to sit down.
73 - Take a child to the zoo.
74 - Go to the circus with a child.
75 - Go to an amusement park.
76 - Go to the beach - even in the winter, it is fun to walk on the beach.
77 - Go bowling.
78 - Take up a new hobby.
79 - Play a game of basketball with a group of kids or adults.
80 - Take a 15 minute walk after each meal or snack.
81 - Hula hoop.
82 - Take some kids Trick-or-treating - don't take the car.
83 - Walk to the post office to mail your bills.
84 - Walk to the mailbox and back several extra times each day.
85 - Paint a room.
86 - Stand up and sit back down without holding the arms of the chair - see how many times you can do it during a commercial.
87 - Lift arm weights while watching TV.
88 - Do the twist and hold a broom stick while doing it.
89 - Wash your dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher.
90 - Dry your dishes instead of letting them air dry and then put them away one at a time.
91 - Shovel snow.
92 - Rake leaves.
93 - Clean out the gutters on the house.
94 - Offer to clean out the gutters for your neighbor who might not be able to do it her/himself.
95 - Walk around your neighborhood and greet your neighbors - even those you don't know.
96 - Hang your own Christmas/Halloween/Easter decorations.
97 - Go ice skating.
98 - Go roller skating.
99 - Sign up to walk/run in a 5K or longer walk.
100 - Jump rope.