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.
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, hauling...you 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 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.
my husband refuses to park any further than he has to from any store. He seems to think he'll fall apart if he has to walk more than five car spaces to get where he wants to go. LOL
5/1/2010 6:08:09 PM
Being inefficient on purpose sounds like a good idea to me. It's not tolerated on the bosses time, but on my time it is worth it. Great ideas! I love parking away from other vehicles that way I get in my walking and carrying groceries (without the cart) and most of all the less chance of my vehicle getting hit by another. I used to dance while doing dishes when I was a kid--I got laughed at alot. Making things such as chores fun and active is the way to go. This was a great article.
Love this article, I love parking as far away as I can in the grocery or mall. If I two errands in the same area just park and walk to them both. I really like doing it and yes it does change your perspective. Thanks for the great article.
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