Have you ever felt like this dog? That was a rhetorical question. Of course you have. I mean, who really loves exercise? Ok, maybe a few people do. But I’m not one of them. When I see a treadmill, I want to curl up on it and go to sleep, just like this dog.
Unfortunately, I can’t, not at this age. I have to hit it. And I hit it hard. So hard that left to my own devices I usually get injured in some way. Not too long ago, my back went out for cigarettes and didn’t come home for more than three weeks. I was forced to go to Physical Therapy. So, don’t be like me. Hit it, but not too hard. Ok, wait, where was I? Oh yes. Exercise hacks for lazy people.
We’re a sedentary cohort, for the most part. That’s why we’ve got such things as heart disease, diabetes and much worse. What we need to do is MOVE more. And we don’t need to join a gym as there are so many opportunities for us to move more just in every day life.
Take the stairs.
I see a staircase and I immediately look for an elevator. Ok, not really. Well, yes, really. That’s how it used to be. But now? I take the stairs. Because stairs are good exercise. I know this because every gym has a stair-climbing machine. Hot Trainer does stairs for an hour at the gym. Makes you feel like a schlump, right? Well, don’t. If you saw the size of his legs, you wouldn’t feel so badly. Still, it’s great cardio. So every time you see a staircase? Take it. Every little bit counts.
Park far away.
Besides providing an opportunity for a little exercise, there’s an additional bonus: you can always find a parking spot because everyone else is circling for 10 minutes trying to find a space near the door. It’s just not a big deal to park far away and get some steps in.
People I know seem to shun this but the fact is that a big mall provides a climate-controlled place to walk. Often, they open early for walkers. Your reward for walking can be a little shopping spree and all the better if you have errands there.
Whenever I suggest this to Gay Husband he cringes. He has become a gym rat and while I am at a gym six days a week, sometimes I want a different view. Sometimes I get sick of looking at super-fit body builders. Ok, maybe not. Maybe I don’t get sick of that at all. But still, a change of scenery is always nice. Which is why we take a hike with our neighbor every so often. Not to the mall, but to a cool neighborhood about 15 miles away. Change of scenery.
Walk around the block every two hours.
We sit on our asses working, writing, playing games, whatever. Set an alarm and get up every two hours for a walk around the block. It helps prevent that middle-aged spread, burns calories and is so good for us. It’s easy, too: no special equipment or attire needed.
Put on some music and dance.
In the kitchen. In the BR. Maybe not in the shower. So, I thought I’d improved my cardio fitness significantly this year. Until I was on the dance floor at a conference this month and, after shaking my booty to Lady Marmalade, was more out of breath than I expected. So I decided to dance at home more. Sometimes with my husband and sometimes with my dog. Oh yes, Riley loves to dance. I’m pretty sure if I weren’t so lazy I could teach him steps to do with me.
So there you have it. Now, Hot Trainer would tell you that I am not at all lazy, that I kill it in the gym etc etc etc. The truth is that I am inherently lazy and have honed it to a fine point over the years. It’s just that I can’t afford to be lazy at this age. Which is why I look for every opportunity to get exercise and why you should, too.
Got some exercise hacks to share? Love to hear them!