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Another Installment of How I Got Active

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Another tactic I used to get active was to find little ways to sneak more activity into my day. At Weight Watchers I heard park on the far side of the parking lot. OK. When I had to wait in line for the copy machine, I could do kick backs and calf raises. While waiting for the machine to run it was often squats and wall push ups. For years when pressured with deadlines and felt anxious, starting in college, I reached for vending machine food to calm down. I found pacing around the building was a better substitute, especially when I was trying to synthesize many ideas into a cohesive plan. Many co-workers smiled at me and occasionally one would join me! But one thing I'd only do if I was the last person leaving the office was to skip to my car across the lot. I loved to do it, but it felt a bit silly so tried to hide it! (Now if I want to skip I just grab a grandkid and do it together. Doesn't look silly at all.)

At home I started dancing when I did laundry. I'd grab one clean item, swirl and fold, and run it down the hall to where it goes, sometimes putting away one thing at a time. I picked up the pace on many housekeeping tasks, but sometimes I must admit I used my housecleaning time for exercise and let a lot of things slip. It was worth it to establish the activity habit, but I'm happier now that I'm doing pretty good with the housework and the exercise. Of course, I've retired in the meantime, keeping grandkids longer hours than I spent at the office. Honestly my schedule is a bit easier to manage now. But I know when you make activity a priority you can find ways to get more activity in your day!
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    I find that when I am cooking a healthy dinner, I clean up and put away items as I go along. For example, if I finish with something that can be recycled, I pause and clean out the item and put it in the recycling bin. Once night, hubby was watching me and he commented that I must have recycled at least 10 items during meal preparation. It was true that on purpose, I had rinsed the items, broken them down and visited the recycling bin at least ten times. I do the same thing when putting things into the trash can, I also take the time to wash pans as they get soiled and dry and put them away. It reduces the clutter on the counters, keeps my work area clean and when I am finished, there is usually very little left to clean up. Hubby doesn't mind cleaning up at all when I do the major clean up as I go along! When dinner is ready, I can then just sit down and enjoy it. Hubby washes the remaining pans and loads the dishwasher for me, which I find is a huge help because I am usually tired by then.

    When I was younger, I used to leave everything until dinner was over. The result was that I was often too tired to clean up such a big job after eating. I hate to let anything sit in the sink overnight. It is the throwback to living in cheep off campus housing where the apartments had roaches. If I couldn't wash up the dishes after dinner in college, I used to pile them into The refrigerator overnight so I wouldn't encourage my roach friends to search for food!LOL
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    Comment edited on: 9/5/2014 4:17:58 AM
    Well, dancing with my laundry is certainly one way to be able to dance!

    You're too funny!!!
    1389 days ago
    One of my favorites is to walk quickly around the house while on the phone. I can talk to my sister for half an hour easily...that's a lot of steps for my fitbit!
    1389 days ago
    LOL! So many echoes here as you go through memories of "how I got from the couch to active"! Grabbing a grandkid so as not to look silly while skipping? Outstanding!

    Any more? I don't care if I look silly. A wise woman advised me to remember what I felt like as a happy six year old... now go recreate that! It works! emoticon
    1389 days ago
    Love your ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    1389 days ago
    Fun, fun...what a great attitude and finding things to burn calories that bring you joy.
    1389 days ago
    emoticon keep active, keep sparking emoticon
    1390 days ago
    It's funny how things that used to bug you now become second nature!

    I used to get so mad at people circling parking lots looking for the closest parking spot -- but now they aren't even on my radar screen because I AUTOMATICALLY park at the very back of the lot and walk in. I have to giggle when I see someone STILL circling as I'm heading into the store.

    I also used to get irritated if I couldn't get all the folded laundry taken to its destination in ONE trip while now I purposely make several trips.

    I have to admit I haven't tried skipping, with or without a child, but maybe I'll give it a shot!
    1390 days ago
    All great methods of packing in exercise -- instead of shoving down feelings by shoveling in food!!
    1390 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    I agree it is easy to sneak a little extra exercise into one's day. I put away each piece of clothing as I iron-just a few more steps but they do add up. When standing in line, I step side to side and stretch my legs by holding onto the cart handle and raising up and down on the toes. Practice standing on one foot in a corner to help your balance until you can balance for a minute (or more).
    Thanks for sharing you tips-we can all age gracefully and the more active we are the better it will be for us in the long run.
    1390 days ago
    I still like skipping too. emoticon
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  • _LINDA
    emoticon ways to sneak activity in! It is truly amazing how you can keep up with your running and workouts while looking after children full time! An inspiration to young parents anywhere for sure!
    1390 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I agree with you, I often walk in place wherever I am at. I love the idea of skipping...I haven't done that in a LONG time so not sure I can anymore but I sure am going to TRY!

    emoticon , Marsha!
    1390 days ago
    Sounds like a lot of what I do-make a game of it and add steps as often as possible. You are an inspiration!
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    1390 days ago
    Great ideas and examples! emoticon
    1390 days ago
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