What a great article! While I do try to do extra things and make extra trips to and from the car and such, until last fall, I never realized what was right in front of me and all around me, naturally, that I could be doing more frequently for exercise. We live in the country and have ponds with critters that we feed. I used to try to haul as much corn or birdseed as possible in order to make only 1 trip. It dawned on me one day that the trip to any feeder, which is on an good incline, is good exercise which I could really feel in the back of my legs, so I began making one trip at a time. Also, we have a ramp going into our shed which I have to go up and down everytime I need feed, gardening stuff, etc. I used to hate it until I realized it was an exercise tool as well. If all I do in a day is walk up and down the hill a few times/and or the shed, then I've done something beneficial that costs nothing.
If none of this is available, then how about:
Parking at the end of the Walmart parking lot and walking to the store, make a few extra trips around the store, which I used to do because of disorganization. Now I go round and round intentionally. My husband doesn't realize he's getting exercise too. He hates to walk, but round and round a store is just fine. You can do this with any store, even a smaller grocery store or department store. Park at the far end and make many trips through the store and up and down the isles.
When you get home, it has to get carried in, just do it one or two bags at a time.
Have a pet? Walk it way more than it needs to be, but it will benefit both of you. If you are overweight, most likely the pet is too.
Going to a concert? Show? Theater? Park at the far end of the parking lot and walk around a little bit before and after the show.
Work? Once again, park as far away as possible and walk a time or two around the building, especially using steps to go to other floors, then back down again.
Live in an apartment? Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Clean the house? I have a real small house, but I go round and round inside so much when I'm cleaning and I do it in such a disorganized manner, it seems all i do is go round and round. Totally inefficient, but I'm moving so much more than if I change to efficiency.
Garden? Big or small, once again, make as many extra trips as you want. Haul each bag one at a time, each plant one at a time, go back for each tool, gloves, fertilizer, etc., one trip at a time. And each day, make extra trips around your garden to check progress. Make extra trips for de-heading certain plants. Once veggies are ready, make extra trips to pick them. Be extra diligent about picking weeds. Maybe pick them every day.
Surely you can make whatever it is you do, much more beneficial. It doesn't matter what your status is, whether you have kids, or if your single or married. There is more you can do if you choose too.
By the way, I don't have children either, but I prefer a "A Real Life Woman's Workout" anyday. Simply put: I prefer to use what's around me that I can take advantage of without spending money! This planting season, I did alot of the hauling, digging, pulling, planting, raking, pine-cone picking, mulch hauling and laying, and now watering in as many trips as possible. It feels way better than the gym!
- 4/27/2010 9:03:28 PM