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  • .......some great ideas....................wearing a pedometor helps me as well...."I just gotta get a few extra steps"
    Thanks for the ideas. I do make extra trips to the truck when I have groceries. We also have a little market close by that I walk to. So thanks for giving me more I ideas for getting my exercise in.
  • I love the ideas that you wrote in the article. They were some really great tips that I will most definitely use. THANKS
  • ANG724M
    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.
  • Definitely some great ideas! Thanks!
  • Great ideas! Thanks!
  • When my Mom rides with me, she brings her handicap parking permit. She can't understand why I don't use it. I tell her we can leave those spots for someone else that might need them. I drop her off at the door, so she has to walk an even shorter distance. Then I park at the other end of the lot, so I can get some walking in. It's a win win.
  • Seems like this is just a matter of changing perspectives. Recently I took my nephew to the pool although I di not feel like it I went anyway. while he was in his floating ring which he calls floaty i pushed him form one end to the other while I water jogged. I got to bond with him and get a work out in. I will look for opportunities to take advantage of inconveniencing myself.
  • today I went up and down the ladder out in the hot garage up and down don't have stairs in the house was out there working for a couple hours , did bending and lifting, this is a womans work out at home.
  • I never mind parking far away or using the stairs. When my friends groan and complain i just remind them in a chipper voice that walking is healthy. I lived on the third floor of an apartment and it surprised me how many people would use the elevator. It took longer for it to get to the ground floor than it did to just walk up the stairs. All the little things add up, especially if you do them daily. This is a great article.
  • Sometimes I'll purposely go up the stairs twice, or bring in the groceries bags one at a time. I try to find ways to get extra steps in wherever I can.
  • Thanks for the great article!
    This is my favorite way to keep in shape. I get tons done and I approach the task with positive attitude as I know I can count this into my daily exercise minutes. It's a win-win situation!
    When you do this kind of lifting, bending, use muscles that rarely get any attention in a traditional workout.
    And I become a great role model for my teen-boys, if mom can do it...
  • I do that while working. I find the tools and material i work with heavy at times, so I make several trips to get it all where I need it.

    I'm glad I do, although my boss doesn't. But for me it pays off.
  • I have found myself doing things like this ever since I joined SparkPeople. I have young kids as well, so it's not always easy finding time to get some "proper" exercise in. However, I have found a couple of ways to get some extra walking in, which really helps me to meet my goal of at least 15,000 steps per day. One is when I'm hanging laundry out on the clothesline: instead of taking the basket with me as I move down the line, I keep the basket in one spot, which forces me to walk further and further to put each item up on the line. I can easily get a few hundred extra steps in this way, which really adds up.

    The other is during my son's soccer practices and games: instead of taking a chair along and sitting on it, I walk back and forth along the side of the field, following the action. An added benefit of doing this is that it allows me to take better pictures by being closer to everything.
  • I watch my favourite tv shows on my laptop while running stairs. So, while the Biggest Loser is playing, I'm losing big!

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