I like some of the ideas, but others like doing an exercise video at the work place or "car-dancing" sound unlikely.
As for exercise & commuting: I would think the obvious idea is to park farther away from the office and get a 10 min walk. I usually bike to work - not so common in the US, I know, but no more unusual than the car dancing - or, if I commute, stand on my toes or heals for minutes at a time to strengthen my legs. (Hold on somewhere for safety, obviously!)
I'm a stay-at-home mom so the cleaning, yard work ideas are great for me but I wish I could do the shopping suggestions. I NEED a cart to hold all the groceries for 6 people (we have 4 kids) and I'm usually holding my 13 month and pulling the cart full of groceries because he hates the cart and tries to jump out of it. So yes, my shopping experiences are a full work or at least I'm exhausted after I get home and all the food put away.
I find when I am captive at the copier at work I do kickbacks, walk in place, knee lifts, etc. Who cares if you look silly. I do the same at home when waiting on the microwave. I need to add the commercial workouts while watching tv.
Because I live near a transit loop, I walk to the transit loop rather than walk to the nearest bus stop and on my way home I take the same route back. I find that if I haven't done it for even a couple of weeks, it becomes difficult to do, but within a few weeks, it doesn't seem as hard. And yes, I do walk up a hill both ways.
5/23/2013 1:33:55 PM
hi i'm a stroke survivor of almost 3 years which left me partially paralysed on the rite wit impaired speach which none f d afore mentioned has stopped me living my life. i've also been diagnosed wit C O P D and with me wearing a knee high A F O makes it quiet difficult for me to exercise vigourously. can anyone advise me with suitable workout and b4 u ask i've got medical clearance from my G P even sitting down workout especially 4 d belly my diet is very healthy ani im off cigarettes 3 years. noone seems to be willin to ADVISE me. i've gone from size 18-20 to 12-14 took me about a year. do u think should make a differance to my overall health.
5/23/2013 11:03:49 AM
I have found, for me ,a lot of moving is trying to be mindful each day of the benefits from moving. I try to park far from the grocery store, pick up a stray cart and return the cart to the collection spot as I leave. I started to walk around the parking lot at work on my breaks, it was only a few minutes 2 times a day -that was almost 2 years ago after hip surgery. I gradually have increased my walking at work to 2 miles every day. It takes personal committment for me as there are no followers and I walk solo. My motto is "move to keep moving, and keep moving to move". Never give up on yourself...you are in control of your health...staying motivated is the challenge.
There are great ideas here -- many I already do. However, this article contradicts other SP articles that say not to rely on these tasks as actual fitness activities. I hate to be critical like this, but I see it over and over on here and it has started to niggle at me.
I have a desk job and it helps a ton with my back if I get up and walk, stretch, do jumping jacks, wall push ups. My co-workers have gotten used to seeing me doing some pretty goofy exercises right out in the office area. I also work standing at my desk, alot! Especially while on the phone, filing, sorting mail, coding invoices...etc.
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