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Creative Exercise

Posted Aug 12 2008 4:21pm

I am going to give it to you straight. I have never liked to exercise. Alright, maybe when I was a child I was amused by hide-and-seek, but past that I was never happy to sweat. I dislike the feeling of sweating. Even if I know it is healthy, I don’t want to step on a treadmill and walk for an hour while I am busy wiping sweat and growing redder by the minute. This makes getting movement into my days a bit of a challenge. So, I’ve learned to get creative.

Spring Cleaning

Housework can give you a decent workout on a regular day, but what about those days when you decide to do some deep cleaning. Why not choose one thing each day and commit to working at it until the task is done? It could be cleaning out that hall closet that is about to explode. Or, what about those bathtubs that need a good scrubbing? Steady activity is what you are looking for and cleaning house can work muscles you didn’t even know you had sometimes.

Musical Chairs

I don’t literally mean for you to put on some music and run around some chairs. Well, unless that sounds fun to you! If you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk or on the sofa, make a point to get up and move at least once every hour. If you are watching tv, get up and move to another chair. Walk around the living room a few times and sit back down. Get up from your computer and walk up and down the stairs a few times and sit back down. It isn’t 30 minutes of steady movement, but it is movement and it will get you in the proper mindset. You’ll feel good about knowing you are doing something, even if it doesn’t make you break out the water bottle and sweat towel.

Park and Walk

This one is tough for me because I have to battle my mind to get it done, but it does help to park a little further from the store and walk inside. Resist the urge to be dropped at the door! Think of it as some of the quickest exercise you’ll ever manage to do. Make it a bit of a game if you feel inclined. Park one spot further out each time. Do something to make it work for you.

That’s the key to moving. Find something that makes any movement work for you. And, try to stay away from the all or nothing mentality. Some movement is better than none on any day!

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