Friday, January 12, 2018

Fitness- ways to sneak in exercise

How to sneak in exercise
when you don't want to work out!

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I have never been big on working out.
It's just not my jam.

Yet, I know I need to work out.
I know there are health benefits.
I know it makes you feel better
mentally and physically.
Blah, blah, blah!!

I used to be so disappointed in myself
that I didn't work out.
I thought "working out" meant 
I needed to go to the gym.
Or do some sort of formal exercise program.
Or run a marathon.
Or something legit.

This is the battle I've had within myself
for quite a few years.
Truthfully, it's probably a battle I will
always fight.

But I'm learning fitness tricks 
that work for me.  
Things that help me to be active.
Things that help me to move my body.
Things that help get natural endorphins going.
I'm not perfect at it.
I get lazy and complacent.
I get out of the routine.
But just like I said in my earlier post on goals,
I can't beat myself up about not achieving a goal
today, this week or this month.
I just need to start where I am now,
and choose to do better in the next moment!

So to go along with my goal posts this year,
I'm sharing my fitness tricks that help
me to be active!


Strive to reach a specific step count everyday.

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I wear a fitness tracker (amazon affiliate link)
I have a goal to reach 8,000-10,000 steps
every day.
Some days I reach that goal.
Some days I don't.
I try not to beat myself up about not
reaching my step goal.
I just wear the tracker to remind me!

I walk or run in place when I'm checking
my email or social media
or watching tv.
Or while I'm brushing my teeth.
Or while I'm cooking dinner.

I also park farther away in parking lots.
It forces me to walk a little more than
I normally would!
Anything to move my body a little bit.

-wear a fitness tracker
-set a goal for daily steps
-walk in place when you would normally sit
-park far away in a parking lot


Put stairs to use!

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My house is 2 stories.
(Disregard the ugly carpet please)
Our laundry and living spaces are downstairs
and our bedrooms are upstairs.
In my housekeeping and laundry
I do a lot of going up and down the stairs.
I make an extra trip every now and then
to get some exercise.

When I'm really tired and can't seem to get
moving, running up and down the stairs
a few times gets my heart pumping 
and helps me to wake up!
It works better than grabbing a Diet Dew!

I also have my kids do stairs when they have
been watching Netflix or playing
video games for a while.

-walk an extra trip up and down the stairs
of your home
-take the stairs as much as possible 
at work or other places
-rather than grab an afternoon snack or soda
do a round of stairs to wake you up
-housekeeping is a win/win
you get both a clean house and 



I tap my feet all of the time.
During boring meetings, 
while listening in church,
while working on my blog,
I'm fidgeting away!

Fidgeting often keeps my body moving,
keeps me awake and 
gets me extra steps
which is a sneaky way to get exercise.


like am able to tolerate
exercise more when I do a little bit 
more often instead of a big work out all
at once.

On my fitness Pinterest board
I have a ton of small work out ideas-
like this.

I don't actually do it 7 times in a row.
I do it 1-2 times in the morning
and then 1-2 more times through out the day.

I also do lunges while watching tv,
squats while I'm filling up my water bottle,
I try to move A LOT!

My goal is to do a small bit of exercise
whenever I can!


As I said earlier,
I am not perfect at any of these tips.
But I have found that when I make 
an effort to sneak in exercise:

My mood is improved.
It makes me thirsty so I drink more water.
I sleep better.
My clothes fit better.
Mostly, I feel better about myself!

 Do you have any exercise tips?
I'd love to hear them in the comments! 

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