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One thing I like to do is dance with the vacuum. Sounds silly, but it works and makes a needed chore more fun.
As a teenager we all loved to dance. I used to feel free and expressive when I danced. Now that I'm a grandmother of 4 I have rediscovered that freedom of movement. I am able to keep me active by putting on the radio and dancing to the same songs I enjoyed as a teenager. It helps me to feel young again and keeps my muscles supple and my joints from stiffening up. I also have a lot of fun doing this.
I am always looking for ways to add "exercise value" to every-day activities. I've started doing this mini balance activity every morning. When I get out of the shower, part of my routine is to put lotion on my legs and feet. In the past, I always sat on a chair to do this. Now, I stand up: I balance on one foot while applying lotion to the other leg and foot. To avoid getting lotion on the carpet, before putting my foot down, I put on a sock and shoe and tie the shoe. Then I switch feet.
When I go to certain hotels with my husband sometimes they do not have gyms (our fav. in LV is Sam's Town) they have a pool. We always stay on the 9th floor, their highest. I get permission to use the stair wells for exercise. I walk around the top floor which is a large circle that overlooks down onto the indoor waterfall and food courts, it is close in size to a reg. school track size. I walk around 4 times, then the staircase up & down 2 twice. I do this set 4 times total.
I was shocked after several days of wearing the Sparkpeople pedometer on my shoe at just how sedentary I'd become over the past several years. No wonder the pounds crept up on me! The shining stars that you earn by moving throughout the day are very pretty and are an easy way to keep track without having to count every step. I love it that if I want to know the real number of steps I can always log into Sparkpeople and know that it keeps track for me. Fun AND easy!! Woohoo!!!