This is great, and the way that I get lots of "extra" fitness worked into my day. I'm thankful that we live in a two-story house, with a basement as well - I get lots of stairclimbing in each day, plus I do lots of yard work and gardening, plus feeding animals - and yes, I sometimes do some vigourous housecleaning (but not as much as I should during the summer... (sigh)
I do the shipping and receiving at work and some delivery guys ask if I have someone to help me take boxes upstairs. I had to start lying so they wouldn't take them up for me! It used to bug me, but I guess they see a tiny 5'2" girl and find it un-girly-like to lift 'heavy' boxes. Or they're just being macho!
When taking a Client some place, I LOVE ignoring the "Handicapped" Parking -- Even though I have a Disabled Placard for the Car -- Parking far from the building, unloading a Wheel Chair, and wheeling them across the Parking Lot. I get the Extra Steps, and the Client gets Extra Vitmin D and Fresh Air.
when putting laundry away do it step by step not be too efficient
6/8/2012 5:06:24 PM
Oh, yes! Us silver foxes have been doing this for years - we have more stamina. We don't need to "build" our muscles, we have adaptede to our changing bodies. And resent the #@ii out of the portrayed nubile young women who 'have to get fit' in their twenties. We're all in this for the duration - and not the run - we all want to feel good about ourselves so we can continue.
5/20/2012 10:39:10 AM
I do these kinds of things too - park further away, make more trips back and forth etc. I'm not so keen on the housework though :-)
4/26/2012 11:47:08 AM
I'm going to start bringing in groceries one bag at a time...good idea
Great article! I live by this moto! I even walk with determination when it is just from one end of the house to the other. I park at the back of the parking lots too.
7/11/2011 1:32:41 PM
I have a "handicap parking" card I use most of the time whether or not my physical problems are acting up or not. After reading this article, I'll not use it if all my parts are working well. However, in the meantime, I'm going to ask for PAPER bags in the grocery store instead of plastic because I can only carry ONE paper bag at a time. Not only will this force me to make MORE TRIPS from the car to the house with groceries, it will be better for the environment. I have my own "eco friendly" (cloth) grocery bags that I can bring for packing my groceries, but I can stuff a lot into those. You can't over-stuff paper bags or they RIP!! Baby steps....
I love the part about "purposely being inefficient". Like you said, in our society, we are constantly trying to do 2, 3, 4 things at the same time to make the best use of our time. While there are certainly times when we need to be efficient, it's nice to slow down sometimes and take a little extra time -- like parking farther away or carrying the groceries in one bag at a time. Many times, these little bits of inefficiencies only take an extra 3-5 minutes. Great article!
Great article! My only comment is, these things work best when you're dressed for them. Hiking to the farthest playing field is easy if you're wearing sneakers, but not if your shoes are already pinching your toes. :)
Oops! I was just thinking that I have been doing more walking than I was doing previously. A few months ago I couldn't even walk from my desk to the bathroom at work without getting winded. The other day I went to a dept store and walked around for an hour! For me it was triumphant. I hadn't set foot in a dept store or mall for over 5 years because I couldn't walk. Thank you for justifying my additional activity.
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