Three cheers for doing things the "old-fashioned" way! It's the way we live our live here in the country. I don't own a dishwasher, I wash our car with hose and buckets, I walk to our mailbox (6/10's mile total to and from), I hang out my clothes whenever the weather allows (there is nothing better in life than going to bed on fresh-washed, line dryed sheets!!!), I push-mow our yard (I do cheat in using self-propelled) - it takes hours and hours to do, but such a good feeling, I use a hoe in the garden, I rake grass and leaves, etc. etc. etc. I should be about as fit as they come. It was fun for me to read an article here on SP that I finally felt like "Finally, I measure up to something!!!" (and can even brag a little!)
Great article! I would add for the "hanging the clothes out to dry" that your arms get a great workout from carrying a basket full of wet clothes. Surprised there wasn't a guesstimate for calorie burn added in there for that one, lol
So many great ideas in this article! At first I thought it would be about washing the laundry by hand and was even hesitant to read the article! LOL. I actually do many of these things already as we do not have a dryer or a dish washer, and I really enjoy walking to the site instead of driving. Some of these tips are even double the benefits, for example if you cook dinner you will likely eat less calories and more nutritious food. I stated to cook even my snacks and do not regret it, it shows me to ensure that 90% of what I eat is packed with nutritious ingredients. Last tip I would like to add to this list in the article is, in order to add yet a third productivity variable to each of these tasks, si then while listening to podcasts! I discovered podcasts and now I make sure that I am not allowed to listened to them sitting, si it actually makes me want to do the dishes so that I can continue my favorite podcast, or go for a longer walk to finish this episode... I chose podcast that not only I have an interest in but also from which I can learn! Continuous learning in one of the greatest joy in my life and one thing I was only getting from books and articles... I.e. Sitting, nor I learn while being active and even crossing stuff off my list and the best of all, I look forward to it!
I think car washing is a great idea. I love my car and will enjoy doing a great job on her. I have a lot to learn though. Yesterday I tried to get rid of the surface dirt by dusting her off and wiping her down with sprinkles of water and a towel but I ended up with a glaze of dirt all over. Today I will do better. The first step is to go to the hardware store to get the faucet handle because the condo where I live takes all the faucet handles off. Lol. so that's good. I'll get exercise points walking to the hardware store and more exercise washing my car. Great idea. Thanks.
11/29/2012 10:27:39 PM
Washing your car by hand may be more fit for you, but going to a car wash where they recycle the water is more fit for the environment
We live on 1.3 acres of land, and until this year I used a tractor to do most of the mowing. Now I used a self propelled push mower to do it all. If I do everything in one day, it is over 30,000 steps! I usually break it up into smaller sessions over a few days though.
Unlike some posters, I actually liked the article. It put a perspective on every day things. I hate to wash dishes, but reminding myself that I am burning calories will fuel me to do it more often. The article was a bit one sided, but the concept of the article to open our eyes and see that the things we manually do every day helps burn calories, is good.
You can always tell when an article has been written by someone who lives in the city. The whole walk or bike thing just isn't practical for most people. It isn't a matter of laziness it is a matter of sheer d-i-s-t-a-n-c-e.
If you live in a rural area things tend to be spread-out not by a few blocks or so but by many many miles.Country roads are often too busy to be safe to bike or walk on and the tasks you are trying to achieve require a truck bed or a trunk to accomplish.
In a Disney world maybe we would all live in places where you could bike and walk but in the real world outside of the cities it just is not a practical option for most people.
I think the biggest thing is becoming aware that you can improve on whatever you are doing... making it more "fit" than "fast". I wear a pedometer from when I get up until I go to bed... I am always trying to work in more steps. We can always benefit from taking a fresh look at how we do our daily tasks, and how we are SPARKin' along! Great article! Thanks for sharing it!
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