This makes so much sense to me, especially because I'm at m computer so much in my day. Thanks, Spark People!
7/30/2012 2:14:14 PM
I have joined a fitness center that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Therefore, I have no excuse not to go at least once a week!
7/27/2012 2:55:01 AM
Don't forget walk-in-place exercises, which you can do while reading, watching tv, talking on the phone etc. Even just standing up to do certain things (such as talking on the phone and readinng) will burn more calories if you don't have privacy and worry about the guys in the white coats being called for ... :) Getting up from your chair and then sitting again periodically helps also. Discrete walk-in-place (even not actually lifting the feet) might help people who have to stand all the time in their job, or making opportunities to walk around instead of standing in one place whenever possible.
I had always enjoyed push mowing until this year when the heat is just whipping my butt big time and with my DH still recuperating from surgery I pretty much have it all to do. Was not thinking of getting older when we moved here with banks to mow by hand. DUH!!
Enjoyed this article, especially the commuting ideas as I spend hours and hours in cars. Usually just use this as down time to relax and think because things are so hectic at home, but I don't need to use ALL that time that way! I also enjoyed the ideas people commenting on this post shared.
Thanks Jennipher, I already do some of these, but you sure have given me more "moves" for my arsenal. I am a foreign language teacher, and for the first few weeks of school I get my students to stand, sit, jump, reach for the ceiling, raise their left/right hands-but I haven't figured out how to do it with more of my lessons. This is to be one of my goals for my students and myself this year.
Great article--I never thought of some of the stuff for driving or even some of the household chores (and since I have a LOT of cleaning to do over the next week, I'm really glad I read this!).
I rarely sit completely still just naturally...my leg(s) is always bouncing under the table (and at this very moment, in fact) just because I can't stand being totally still for too long...if I do, a lot of chairs hurt my legs anyway so it's a win-win. :P
6/5/2011 11:19:38 AM
This article definitely helps me eliminate some guilt when I am doing housework, gardening and helping my mom with her chores. I wondered how many calories were burned from all the lifts, and pulls I did -now I have some information. I usually did try to put some extra oomph! into it to burn a little more. Squatting down and then lying down to reach under childrens' beds seems to put the burn in too!
There was a similar article here: http://health.usnews.com/usnews/health/art icles/050221/21diversions.htm. And I can attest to the maintenance effects of doing the extra little activity, especially taking the stairs and walking everywhere you can (mandatory, as a carless college kid, but hey, it works).
3/17/2011 6:57:25 PM
I know that these aren't real exercise but, I make sure that i never sit still. When i'm at my desk or using the computer i constantly move my legs, you know the "gotta pee jiggle"? that's sort of what i do. When i'm at a restaurant or driving, or around other people i do kegels. When i'm waiting in line at the grocery store, i rock back and forth on my heels and the balls of my feet. I just find little ways to move instead of just sitting absolutely still.
Some of these suggestions are awesome, but I have to admit that I find some of them to be pretty unrealistic. Doing lunges while you push your grocery cart seems a bit excessive, and probably a 1-way ticket to the loony bin if my husband caught me at it (although on the plus side a straight jacket would be a great tool for some 'active resistance' training in my arms).
My old man used to have one of those hand exercisers hanging by the spring on his turn signal stalk and would use it whan stopped in traffic. I don't do that but I suppose its one other thing to do if you are so inclined.
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