The week before last, I mentioned the wonderful educational day that I attended at the bariatric center. With all of the snow and other craziness associated with being cooped up in my house with five other people, I’d forgotten to write more about it.
Elsey was the perky little lady about my age who taught our class on exercise. When she first bounded into the room in workout clothing, I was terrified that she was going to make us lumber out of our extra-wide steel-reinforced seats and burst into high-impact Zumba, or, at the least, make us attempt one of those pesky squat-thrusts like in 9th grade gym class. Thankfully, she did neither. She did, however, discuss “no excuse exercising.” I looked around the room and then down at my own protruding tummy, we certainly looked like a roomful of excuse makers where excess movement was concerned. I readied myself for a speech about the evils of chronic inactivity, but instead Elsey shared some easy ways to add fitness opportunities into our daily routine so we couldn’t make justifications for not exercising, like lack of time, money, or space. Here’s a great list of suggestions that I got from her lesson:
- Walk briskly around the house while talking on the phone.(Just make sure you tell the person on the other end why you’re breathing heavily!)
- Make several trips when putting away things. (When I distribute clean laundry , I separate my trips by clothing type and I run to each room to make my deliveries.)
- March in place while watching TV.
- Use hand weights or resistance bands while watching TV.
- Do crunches or stretches while watching TV (I do crunches during commercials).
- Walk briskly, or run, around the house during commercials. (Lot’s of TV suggestions–what was Elsey implying?)
- March in place while sorting the mail.
- Walk or bike to do an errand instead of driving, if you live in town.
- Play outside with your children or pets.
- Park a few blocks away from your destination and walk the rest of the way. (I’ve started doing this one, too.)
- Pace the sidelines while watching your kids athletic games (I wonder if the coach will think you’re up to something?)
- Take a few laps around the mall before and after shopping.
- Take the stairs.
- Stand at your desk as often as possible when working or talking on the phone.
- Walk during your lunch break at work.
I also learned that to maintain your weight you should get in 30 minutes of physical activity per day and 60 minutes if you’re trying to shed pounds. Fortunately, studies are showing that all of the activity doesn’t need to be done at one time. I usually always work out with my daughter each evening, but I’m also trying to integrate more activity in my day by implementing some of these suggestions, even though running around in my small house shakes the lamps and rattles the china in my china cabinet! 🙂
My very favorite type of exercise is swimming. What’s yours? Do you have any helpful activity hints to add to the list?