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Shoveling show is the most timely example since I'm in the Midwest, but other house chores can also be used for great exercise - washing your car, mowing your lawn, sweeping, heavy housecleaning and more. I often do things the old-fashioned way, just to burn more calories. That's why TODAY, for the 4th time this year, I shoveled snow with a snow shovel while several of my neighbors were using snow blowers.
I try to balance my day between eating right, working, exercising, doing home chores, shopping, alone time and social time. All of these things go either on a list or my calendar (definitely my workouts). I have found that planning is the key to everything, not JUST eating well.
I keep two lists. One is "Things to do when I'm bored," which is often the source of emotional eating for me. The list contains things like get a manicure, pick a chore, take a shower or hot bath, exercise, read a good book, etc.
If you can get in 10 minutes of exercise, 3 times a day (or more), it adds up AND you get the same benefits. If you have hypothyroidism, you even get an extra benefit, because the short bouts throughout the day keeps your metabolism revved up.
If I have a day when I do not feel like exercising, I tell myself that if I still feel that way 10 minutes into exercising, I can stop. By the time 10 minutes hits, the endorphins have kicked in and I'm feeling good. I can think of only ONE time that I actually stopped at 10 minutes.
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