I honestly FEEL good when I exercise consistently. But that doesn't mean I do 20 miles per day, if I get in exercise 3x/week on a week I'm not feeling too great then to me that's a success. If I exercise only 5 or 10 minutes a day for a week, that's a success to me too. The point is, I EXERCISED.
I try to get 8 5-minute walks in during my work day. I have 8 of those chunky magnets that you slap on your overhead metal cabinets. At the start of the day they're all on one cabinet door. As I complete a 5 minute walk I move them to the other door. Hopefully, by the end of the day they're all moved, and I got 40 minutes and two miles of walking done!
If I have to go somewhere and the "long way" will only add a couple of minutes I walk that way. If the long way adds 2 minutes and I walk that way 5 times a week then I've already added 10 extra minutes in the week.
I work on the eleventh floor. I typically walk downstairs to lower floors when I have to use the restroom, usually to floor 7 or 8, and I walk back up most of the time. I take the long route everwhere in the building I have to go. That's a great way to get in extra steps. People think I'm weird for doing so, but they don't appreciate healthy living the way I do. I love it.
I walk.....EVERYWHERE!! I park further away at the grocery store, I walk the kiddos to the bus stop, I walk laps around the mall on chilly days, use the stairs instead of elevators/escalators, run errands on foot when it's possible.... where ever! Whenever & where ever it is possible, I will walk. Never say you don't have the time! EVERY STEP COUNTS!
I was so down that I couldn't build up some kind of exercise streak and then I decided to just walk, just walk. At first it took me a month to do 250 minutes and this month, I did 250 minutes in just 9 days! So, "one step at the time" IS the real thing. It does work.
I'm always looking for ways to add more steps to my daily step count. I take the stairs instead of the elevator, I take the LONG way to any destination instead of the short cut . Every single step counts and they add up quickly!
Refresh those basics!! I still believe in my pedometer ~ make those numbers go UP!
I wake up early to walk, but I am slow to start in the morning!
Seriously this works every time. If I just don't feel like hitting the GYM I tell myself, "I'm just going to walk or do 10 minutes". Toss on your work out clothes and shoes & go out the door. I hit the gym and I am always excited that I pull through and do an amazing workout/run. I am NEVER beating myself up for going only if I don't at all!
When I go grocery shopping, I bring my own bags. If I only have one or two bags, I leave the cart in the store and walk to my car (which I try to park far away from the door to try to sneak in a few extra steps). While I'm walking, I use the bags as weights and do a couple of reps of bicep curls.
We have a single-stream recycling pick-up every two weeks - that means all cardboard, pasteboard, plastics (not bags, but bottles, milk jugs, etc), unbroken glass jars/bottles, aluminum & steel cans (we have a list!) can all be collected and put into the bin. Then it is weighed and we get "Recycle Bank Points" for it. WIN!
I host fitness walk groups every Saturday morning for up to 2 hours and 6.5 miles of aerobic fun. All ages and fitness levels. Rain or shine (no ice, no storms). Helps me to help other move, while making exercise fun! Look me up if you are in my neck of the woods! FACEBOOK.COM/BEFITWALKING!
I started the year off walking my son to school. Time spent in the carpool drop-off lane is now spent walking with my son. Great conversations, teaching him healthy habits, sparing the air of carbon emissions and a bonus workout. I didn't realize I had grown afraid of the rain. Not anymore. Walking in it is an adventure through the eyes of a child, or an adult who is relearning how to really pay attention.
These are, by far, the best sneakers I've ever worn. They're a little pricey, but they are definitely worth it! I didn't even have to break them in, like I've done for every other pair I've ever worn. They're so comfortable for walking shoes. It's amazing. I just had to share the good news with all of you!!!
I have learned the lesson on how to break the routine and lose the weight in other word the infamous plateau.
If you are a walker, but it is too cold, icey, pouring rain, or even too hot to walk outside,10-15 minutes walking up and down stairs is about equal to a 30 minute walk on level ground. Always walk down the stairs at a normal pace, one step at a time. (Most stair accidents happen on the way down.) But vary your up-the-stairs walk by taking one step or two at a time, walk up sideways, right side first, then left side, or even run up the stairs. But... (click title for more info)
I park 3/4 mile from my work so I get a 1.5 mile walk in every day. I also leave work for lunch most days, so I get another 1.5 mile round trip on those days. I base the distance on the weather, so on sweltering hot days or frigid cold days I park closer.
I find it's the little things that help keep me motivated. While I brush my teeth, I briskly walk (keeping my feet on the floor, just moving my legs) in place. 2 minutes both morning and night. Gets my blood pumping in the morning, and helps me burn a few calories before bed. Sometimes I do the same in the shower.