My new friend at the Ravenously Disappearing Woman says it takes 60 minutes of movement to lose weight and 30 to maintain, but that the good news is the movement doesn’t have to be all at once.
She shared these ideas to fit exercise into daily routine. She got them from her friend Elsey:
- Walk briskly around the house while talking on the phone.(Just make sure you tell the person on the other end why you’re breathing heavily!)
- Make several trips when putting away things. (When I distribute clean laundry , I separate my trips by clothing type and I run to each room to make my deliveries.)
- March in place while watching TV.
- Use hand weights or resistance bands while watching TV.
- Do crunches or stretches while watching TV (I do crunches during commercials).
- Walk briskly, or run, around the house during commercials. (Lot’s of TV suggestions–what was Elsey implying?)
- March in place while sorting the mail.
- Walk or bike to do an errand instead of driving, if you live in town.
- Play outside with your children or pets.
- Park a few blocks away from your destination and walk the rest of the way. (I’ve started doing this one, too.)
- Pace the sidelines while watching your kids athletic games (I wonder if the coach will think you’re up to something?)
- Take a few laps around the mall before and after shopping.
- Take the stairs.
- Stand at your desk as often as possible when working or talking on the phone.
- Walk during your lunch break at work.
I’ve been trying to do these simple things as well as a few of my own ideas: take computer breaks to do quick 10 minute stretches or exercises; run up stairs; dance in the kitchen or living room when a good song comes on the stereo.
What ideas do you have to integrate movement into your day?