Another Installment of How I Got Active
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Another tactic I used to get active was to find little ways to sneak more activity into my day. At Weight Watchers I heard park on the far side of the parking lot. OK. When I had to wait in line for the copy machine, I could do kick backs and calf raises. While waiting for the machine to run it was often squats and wall push ups. For years when pressured with deadlines and felt anxious, starting in college, I reached for vending machine food to calm down. I found pacing around the building was a better substitute, especially when I was trying to synthesize many ideas into a cohesive plan. Many co-workers smiled at me and occasionally one would join me! But one thing I'd only do if I was the last person leaving the office was to skip to my car across the lot. I loved to do it, but it felt a bit silly so tried to hide it! (Now if I want to skip I just grab a grandkid and do it together. Doesn't look silly at all.)
At home I started dancing when I did laundry. I'd grab one clean item, swirl and fold, and run it down the hall to where it goes, sometimes putting away one thing at a time. I picked up the pace on many housekeeping tasks, but sometimes I must admit I used my housecleaning time for exercise and let a lot of things slip. It was worth it to establish the activity habit, but I'm happier now that I'm doing pretty good with the housework and the exercise. Of course, I've retired in the meantime, keeping grandkids longer hours than I spent at the office. Honestly my schedule is a bit easier to manage now. But I know when you make activity a priority you can find ways to get more activity in your day!