Some people love exercise; I am not one of those people. I like to eat big, however, so I have to (at least sometimes) engage in physical activity of some sort to avoid doubling in size.
I subscribe to the idea that little (read: bearable) increments of exercise throughout the day that add up to a half an hour are as good as 30 consecutive minutes. Better, maybe. So.
Here’s what I do in increments on the days that I can’t talk myself into going to the gym (ugh!):
- Hula hoop. I keep one in my cubicle at work. Some days if I get in early (eg: before any potential witnesses) I go into an empty conference room (one with enough clearance!) and hoop for 10-15 minutes.
- Yoga. There are several yoga poses that you can do at your desk, in line at the supermarket, even in the car.
- Gardening. Depending on the time of year, that might mean berry picking (straw, blue, black, in that order), weeding, dealing with tomato staking and harvesting, digging potatoes, watering, and so on.
- Walking. Go to the ocean for a walk. Also, getting out for 10 or 15 minutes to walk on a work break is usually doable. Problem: I often walk to the gelato store…nothing like a caramel turtle or a cappuccino fudge brownie gelato to lift one’s spirits… 🙂
- Bike ride. Not in “treks” or “marathons” of any sort; just in circles in the driveway or around the block on flat pavement.
- Dance! Crank up the stereo/iPod/mp3…almost painless. 🙂
A bonus is that all of the above can be done with your child present. Maybe they will even participate. You can feel good because a) you are setting a good example for him or her and b) not having a babysitter is not valid excuse to blow it off.
What do you do for exercise? Do you love it or hate it?