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The ''Real'' Woman's Workout

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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. Report
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 :-) Report
I'm going to start bringing in groceries one bag at a time...good idea Report
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. Report
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.... Report
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! Report
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. :) Report
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. Report
Thank you for this grea article!!!!! I was Report
I have a vow to stand and hold in my stomach while I am on the computer!
How is that!?! Report
Love it! I can relate to this as I cart wood as well! I don't do it two at a time.Instead, I carry two or more to the wheelbarrow and fill it up completely then wheel it down to the house. Its good cardio! Report
My husband & I retired and moved to a house in the country. We heat with wood, grow a huge vegetable garden and have been doing renovations (ourselves) since we moved in. We shovel snow in the winter and my husband mows 2 acres with a push mower in the summer. We have never worked so hard (physically) in our lives as we both had desk jobs. but calories ARE definitely burned! I think the best part is that we run the gamut in terms of 'types' of exercise - we're getting a pretty well rounded work-out on a daily basis and don't really have to 'plan' for it! We are very lucky. Report
Ha ha, my 5 year old daughter is always complaining that we park to far away! Report
I loved this article! I'm always doing "inefficient" things to get extra exercise. I'll offer to run errands, knowing that I will be walking to and from the store (we live in a small town.) The little exercises add up just as much as the little snacks, but in a GOOD way! Report
Realy it's amazing when I ask one of my colleges to walk in fast during work , she mentioned that it doesn't count in calori burning. I love to come and go in my work hours in the hospital and never felt it worthless. It always gives me pleasure to do so. Report

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