Keeping Active While Feeling Lazy

by Angela Yorke | November 17th, 2011 | Exercises

There are some days when you just don’t feel like going for a run, to the gym, or to the pool for one reason or another. For me, it’d be a rare bout of rollover; where I hit the snooze button one too many times, so I can roll over and go back to sleep. We’ve all had those days. Sometimes taking really small steps can help you get back on the fitness track.

The obvious things to do would be to take the stairs, and not the elevator, or park further away from your destination. Otherwise, if you need a few things from upstairs, try making as many trips as there are items you need to snag. The increase in the number of steps you take can add up surprisingly.

Another way to take more steps during the day is rather than emailing or calling, get up and make your way to a colleague’s desk to speak to them. Similarly, keep yourself hydrated with a small bottle or glass that you’d need to refill constantly, rather than a large container that would keep you seated and stationary all day.

Gardening is a good way to break a sweat, although you do need to keep at it regularly if you want a yard you can be proud of. Committed gardening doesn’t involve turning the topsoil over with a dainty trowel; pruning, potting and repotting plants, moving said plants, as well as actual digging can prove to be a decent physical challenge, and you’ll only realize how tired you are when you stop.

Chores such as mowing the lawn and raking the leaves in fall are unpopular because they’re tiring and tiresome; however, there’s no rule that says you have to do the entire yard in the same evening. This means you can do as much or as little as you want as long as you work up a sweat doing so, and you will get the job done eventually!

The weekly grocery run also provides the chance to exert yourself. Other than parking further away from the entrance, try using a basket instead of a shopping cart for your purchases. You can use the basket as an impromptu free weight as you make your way up and down the aisles; remember to switch arms, and stay away from the wine display.

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