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Here’s another one: purposely being inefficient. That can be a tough one to swallow, because we work so hard in our society to be efficient. My bringing in wood is a good example of inefficiency. Maybe you don’t heat with wood. How about purposely making extra trips from the car to the house with the grocery bags? Rather than load up on as many bags as you possibly can (and we all know how many we can carry, just barely brushing the ground and yet, not really touching it at all!), carry just one in each hand, briskly walking to and from the house.

You see, finding fitness throughout your day doesn’t just happen by chance. You must make it happen! You must live consciously, rather than subconsciously (or in some of our cases unconsciously!), living intentionally, rather than unintentionally. Just floating through your days without really thinking about what you’re doing will keep you heading on the same course you’re currently headed, in which case you must ask yourself: is the destination desirable?

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Carrie Myers Smith Carrie Myers Smith
Carrie Carrie is an ACSM-certified personal trainer with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and health education. Her work has appeared in Shape, Fitness, Cooking Light and Energy for Women.

Member Comments

  • This is great, and the way that I get lots of "extra" fitness worked into my day. I'm thankful that we live in a two-story house, with a basement as well - I get lots of stairclimbing in each day, plus I do lots of yard work and gardening, plus feeding animals - and yes, I sometimes do some vigourous housecleaning (but not as much as I should during the summer... (sigh) - 7/17/2014 12:54:36 AM
  • I do the shipping and receiving at work and some delivery guys ask if I have someone to help me take boxes upstairs. I had to start lying so they wouldn't take them up for me! It used to bug me, but I guess they see a tiny 5'2" girl and find it un-girly-like to lift 'heavy' boxes. Or they're just being macho! - 11/17/2013 4:37:31 PM
  • My students always give me the side-eye when I volunteer to do any task that involves extra walking or lifting but I love it! Definitely a great way to get extra fitness in :) - 11/17/2013 10:30:21 AM
  • When taking a Client some place, I LOVE ignoring the "Handicapped" Parking -- Even though I have a Disabled Placard for the Car -- Parking far from the building, unloading a Wheel Chair, and wheeling them across the Parking Lot. I get the Extra Steps, and the Client gets Extra Vitmin D and Fresh Air. - 2/15/2013 10:44:46 AM
  • loved it! - 1/7/2013 7:10:09 PM
  • when putting laundry away do it step by step not be too efficient - 10/27/2012 11:00:49 AM
  • SOCALGAL52
    Oh, yes! Us silver foxes have been doing this for years - we have more stamina.
    We don't need to "build" our muscles, we have adaptede to our changing bodies.
    And resent the #@ii out of the portrayed nubile young women who 'have to get fit' in their twenties.
    We're all in this for the duration - and not the run - we all want to feel good about ourselves so we can continue. - 6/8/2012 5:06:24 PM
  • KAYTEETOO
    I do these kinds of things too - park further away, make more trips back and forth etc. I'm not so keen on the housework though :-) - 5/20/2012 10:39:10 AM
  • DUSK-2-DAWN
    I'm going to start bringing in groceries one bag at a time...good idea - 4/26/2012 11:47:08 AM
  • Great article! I live by this moto! I even walk with determination when it is just from one end of the house to the other. I park at the back of the parking lots too. - 12/12/2011 10:42:02 AM
  • EMJAYMOON
    I have a "handicap parking" card I use most of the time whether or not my physical problems are acting up or not. After reading this article, I'll not use it if all my parts are working well.
    However, in the meantime, I'm going to ask for PAPER bags in the grocery store instead of plastic because I can only carry ONE paper bag at a time. Not only will this force me to make MORE TRIPS from the car to the house with groceries, it will be better for the environment. I have my own "eco friendly" (cloth) grocery bags that I can bring for packing my groceries, but I can stuff a lot into those. You can't over-stuff paper bags or they RIP!! Baby steps.... - 7/11/2011 1:32:41 PM
  • I love the part about "purposely being inefficient". Like you said, in our society, we are constantly trying to do 2, 3, 4 things at the same time to make the best use of our time. While there are certainly times when we need to be efficient, it's nice to slow down sometimes and take a little extra time -- like parking farther away or carrying the groceries in one bag at a time. Many times, these little bits of inefficiencies only take an extra 3-5 minutes. Great article! - 7/11/2011 10:27:44 AM
  • Great article! My only comment is, these things work best when you're dressed for them. Hiking to the farthest playing field is easy if you're wearing sneakers, but not if your shoes are already pinching your toes. :) - 7/9/2011 12:41:04 PM
  • Oops!
    I was just thinking that I have been doing more walking than I was doing previously. A few months ago I couldn't even walk from my desk to the bathroom at work without getting winded. The other day I went to a dept store and walked around for an hour! For me it was triumphant. I hadn't set foot in a dept store or mall for over 5 years because I couldn't walk. Thank you for justifying my additional activity. - 7/9/2011 8:20:25 AM
  • Thank you for this grea article!!!!! I was - 7/9/2011 8:13:10 AM
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