- Child care 177 211 259
- Cleaning the house 207 246 302
- Dancing (even just around the house) 266 317 388
- Moving furniture 354 422 518
- Mowing the lawn 325 387 474
- Pushing a stroller 148 176 218
- Raking leaves 236 281 345
- Scrubbing floors 325 387 474
- Stretching/Yoga 236 281 345
- Playing with your kids 236 281 345
- Walking man's best friend 207 246 302
This list is to show how everyday activities can be a form of exercise themselves. In these busy times it is very difficult for many to get a work out in, and this list proves that you can tweak your day a little bit and still get the 30 minutes per day 5 times a week of exercise that the experts recommend. It is also okay, and sometimes best, to break it up. For every 90 minutes that a person is inactive, like sitting at your computer, break it up and do 10 minutes of one of the things I have listed above.
The benefits are twofold; first you get some great movement and benefits of exercise, second is the fact that while getting this exercise, you have accomplished another task, like vacuuming the living room or dancing with your kids. Try to mix it up everyday, this will help with muscle soreness (another reason for breaking the time up into 3 increments of 10 minutes for example), and keeping things new and exciting. I have also found this a wonderful opportunity to spend time with my kids and keeping them active as well.
As I was out burning off any frustration of the day, while accomplishing the task of cleaning the llamas yard, I was also visiting with my son who just broke his foot. I read somewhere that teenagers communicate better while he and the parent are both busy with other things, whether it be cooking dinner or shoveling poop, I'll take any opportunity to chat with my kids!
Today's picture is a reminder to stop and smell the roses (or columbines). Look closely, I even caught a lady bug!