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Busy Doesn't Equal Exercise

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

An interesting and enjoyable day. I managed to get on the treadmill for a short time this morning before I left for a garden club meeting. I didn’t get home until after 3 p.m. and had to return calls, do a few home chores, bath time, and dinner and time with my husband. It is amazing that you can be so busy during the day and yet get no exercise. Hours of driving time and sitting in meetings don’t count. And that is they way many of my days go. I expect tomorrow will be essentially the same.
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    You're so right--I've had days like that too. I find that if I get a short exercise session first thing, like you did, it helps me get through those very busy days a little better.

    Keep moving when you can.

    1698 days ago
    I can totally understand. We have so many time consuming tasks that don't have anything to do with health.
    1700 days ago
    Know what you are saying, been there often. BUT, you did start the day off with exercise and that is wonderful.
    1701 days ago
    1701 days ago
    Great job today! =) Busy doesn't equal exercise, but your treadmill effort in the morning means that your busy burned WAY MORE calories all day than if you hadn't done the treadmill! Great planning! =)

    Some other mood improvers / busy calorie burning boosters that I do while out and about are:

    - Dance in the car! I rolling my hips, bounce in place, move my arms, drum the steering wheel and sing out loud. Benefits are increased blood flow, burning more calories, lubricating my joints, minimized the deteriorating effects of sitting, and pumping happy endorphins and hormones into my system because obviously life is pretty safe and good if I can rock out right now.

    - Bring carts up to a store - even if it's not the store that I'm going to. Hand sanitizer makes this a stress-free physical activity for me. =) Try taking a few carts at a time - more challenging and makes you appreciate the kids who just return carts in a lot all day. =)

    - While standing in line I either rock back and forth or do slow lunges in place. Do I look strange? Don't care. We're all stuck at the DMV, but I'm burning calories and will be able to regain these lost DMV minutes at the end of my life because of my choices. =)

    - While still (meetings, family time, etc.) flex a muscle occasionally. Make it your calves tonight. Thighs tomorrow. Abs in church. Do it slow, and deliberate on flex, and slow and deliberate on release.

    - Stretching while standing/sitting in place. Stretching throughout the day increase bloodflow in each of your muscles and burn more energy/calories.

    - Physical imbalance. Each time you have to create your body to get or maintain being balanced you not only burn calories with the conflicting muscle spams to correct your balance are happening, and it creates NEW connections in your BRAIN. Stand on one foot, stand on uneven surfaces, lift your feet off the ground and balance on your butt on your office chair. Lots of ways to create imbalance and this benefit.

    Fitting in elevated energy burning throughout the day can be as important as the workouts in a long term successful routine. =)

    Thanks for this post! =)
    1701 days ago
    But you did get to the treadmill for a little time, and that is better than othing.

    Three ten minute sessions is a good way to get in 30 minutes.
    1701 days ago
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    Do what you can. emoticon
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