Love it! I can relate to this as I cart wood as well! I don't do it two at a time.Instead, I carry two or more to the wheelbarrow and fill it up completely then wheel it down to the house. Its good cardio!
4/30/2011 5:47:55 PM
My husband & I retired and moved to a house in the country. We heat with wood, grow a huge vegetable garden and have been doing renovations (ourselves) since we moved in. We shovel snow in the winter and my husband mows 2 acres with a push mower in the summer. We have never worked so hard (physically) in our lives as we both had desk jobs. but calories ARE definitely burned! I think the best part is that we run the gamut in terms of 'types' of exercise - we're getting a pretty well rounded work-out on a daily basis and don't really have to 'plan' for it! We are very lucky.
4/29/2011 2:00:10 PM
Ha ha, my 5 year old daughter is always complaining that we park to far away!
4/28/2011 10:22:18 AM
I loved this article! I'm always doing "inefficient" things to get extra exercise. I'll offer to run errands, knowing that I will be walking to and from the store (we live in a small town.) The little exercises add up just as much as the little snacks, but in a GOOD way!
4/28/2011 1:46:01 AM
Realy it's amazing when I ask one of my colleges to walk in fast during work , she mentioned that it doesn't count in calori burning. I love to come and go in my work hours in the hospital and never felt it worthless. It always gives me pleasure to do so.
For the longest time, we didn't even own a car - we got one because my DH needed it for work. That coincided with a move to the 'burbs. We mostly combine errands with commuting to save time. However, we've also fallen into the trap of taking the car for granted, and so not walking as often as we could. I've been on sick leave for 1.5 years, and once this last operation is healed I can guarantee you I'll be walking a lot more to do groceries and go to the library.
I look forward to my "daily workout" of cleaning my horse paddock. I turn up the music in the barn and feel my muscles as I scoop, lift, twist, and push. I get to do this in the presence of my horse buddies, the birds chirping, and the sunshine!!
4/27/2011 8:24:36 AM
My husband recently had hip replacement and used a walker for 2 weeks before graduating to a cane. I couldn't believe the number of people who said "cool, you can get a handicap sticker for the car." I asked why? He wasn't driving and they said "its so convenient." I was appalled. Society has gotten lazy. BTW he went back to work, using a cane, in less than 3 weeks. I am proud of him.
I love the ideas that you wrote in the article. They were some really great tips that I will most definitely use. THANKS
2/14/2011 4:51:09 PM
I really love what you said about the groceries! I live in a basement apartment so when I carry in grocery bags, I usually try to get them all in one trip because I don't want to have to go to and from my car and up and down the stairs multiple times. But I like that you brought up the point of carrying one bag in each hand for the cardio effects...and adding in the stairs would just be an added benefit! I'll start doing that from now on.
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