Anyone who knows me knows that I DON’T exercise.
I want to exercise…… I try going to the gym, I go a few times, then I don’t go anymore. I tell myself it is because it is not convenient to drive to the gym.
I buy a treadmill so I can see it every morning and have no excuse not to exercise. It worked for a week, then I was over it.
I see people who work out often and they are always so excited about going to the gym and having a good workout. -SO ANNOYING 🙂 I wish I could want to exercise like them, but I would rather sit than go to the gym. I want to exercise and get into shape, but when I don’t see instant results I get bored and my routine becomes less and less frequent. I want to exercise without feeling like I have to, or making excuses not to. I decided to get excited about the “exercise” I do everyday. I started to put more effort into the things I do daily to burn a few extra calories doing daily activities.
PARK FAR AWAY: I don’t try to look for the open parking spot right next to the store. I like to park at the end of the row and walk just a little farther. My kids hate that I park far away, but we save time not driving circles looking for a spot or waiting for people to back out. I also avoid door dings!
PUT A MOVE ON IT: I always walk fast. This is usually because I am in a hurry, but I have come to realize that it also helps to raise my heart rate. I know I am not walking much, but I try to make every step count.
TAKE THE STAIRS: When we go to places with elevators, I try to take the stairs. My family loves to race…. So my kids love to race, either to the top of the stairs, or they will take the elevator and I will take the stairs and we see who can make it to the top first. Walking or running up a couple of flights of stairs is good right?
SHOP: Having kids I am either walking around the grocery store or the mall. I have read that shopping for an hour (walking or standing) burns 185 calories. I try to walk fast to burn even more, but when I am with my kids they are always yelling at me to slow down.
PLAY: I think running around with my kids should also count as exercise. Just walking to and from the car taking my kids to school and all of their activities seems like a lot. Not to mention playing outside, playing wall ball, walking to and from sports events, etc.
CLEANING: When I am cleaning the house I feel like I am getting exercise and I also get a clean house. I have read that just a half hour of cleaning house burns an extra 75 to 125 calories.
DON’T STACK: I don’t stack things at the top/bottom of the stairs. Some people like to stack things at the top/bottom of the stairs and use the stairs less often with one big trip. When I have something that needs to go up/downstairs, I take it. Some people like to stack things so they can take one big trip.
SITTING: In my house, even when I am sitting on the coach I get exercise. You would be surprised how often my kids need me to get up and help with something, or I get up to switch the laundry, or I get up to check dinner, etc. I think of it as more stomach crunches. 🙂
I know that many people do these things as well as go to the gym…. At least I am starting somewhere!