Exercise each time you use the microwave. If it is going for 3 minutes, do leaning push ups against the counters. For 2 minutes, do squats. For 5 minutes, you won't believe how long 5 minutes can seem, try alternating lunges or tree pose from yoga. Most of all have fun and realize how those little pieces of time are like fabric scraps one creates a marvelous quilt out of, in other words they add up!
By Robin from Needham, MA
I logged in just to give this tip a thumbs-up:)
Re:frugalsunnie, so did I.
Wonderful idea! I'm starting today, thanks.
Like most of us, I have some extra weight that I've had trouble getting off. I can't afford the cost of a gym, and even if I could, I probably wouldn't go. I know walking is a great form of exercise, but in my area it's awfully hard because there are a lot of dogs running loose (not strays either) and many of them will chase you down.
The last time I tried to go for a walk, a huge Rottweiller came at me. If a friend hadn't happened along at that time and offered me a ride, I'd have been lunch meat!
So I came up with a way to kill 2 birds with 1 stone! My house sits on 1-3/4 acres and I used to just hop on the old riding mower and get the grass cut. This year I decided to start using the walk-behind mower. Mine is self-propelled so doesn't take much effort. But following that thing around the yard gives me a good workout!
Since my yard is so big, I do it in 3 sections. I mow every other day, doing one section at a time. That way not only do I get my exercise, but my grass stays mowed too!
The only thing that I use the rider for now, is with the lawn sweeper to pick up leaves in the spring and fall!
By Cricketnc from Parkton, NC
I do the same thing, I will be 70 this fall so I figure the exercise does me good. My lot is a 1/2 a city block deep so I get a good workout too! I do mine in 3 increments too, especially when it is so hot.
Get one of those old-fashioned push mowers, that will REALLY give you a workout! And when the blades get dull, you can buy a lawn mower blade sharpening tool at the hardware store.
Yay! Excellent tip. My hubby, at nearly 76, does the yard, because our large dogs leave nasty little surprises for me if I venture out there. I get in my exercise by vacuuming. Our new vacuum isn't too heavy, but takes some effort to maneuver. I work up a good sweat, and cut down on grime at the same time. We all have to have our sneaky little ways of getting exercise. :D
We also use a walk behind mower and I agree, it's good exercise.
I try to walk for 30 minutes every day. During the hot summer months after it cools off at the end of the day, I walk my circle around the back yard. It takes me one minute to complete the circle. It is so convenient to just walk out the door and exercise in the safety of our own back yard.
While walking, I listen to music and sometimes books on tape from the library. It keeps the walk from being boring and the time just slips right on by.
For me, getting outside and walking is much more fun than walking the treadmill even if it's walking behind a mower.
I find the best time for me to exercise is early in the morning before I do anything. First, I make sure my exercise routine is already planned the night before.
Whether you are cleaning house or just lounging, wear wrist and ankle weights for mild exercise.
Mow your own lawn, rake your own leaves and shovel your own snow. You save paying someone else and also on gym memberships!
That is great if you are a younger person ... older seniors ... not a good idea.
Older seniors can benefit from doing other exercises.
My grandfather worked in his multi-acre garden until he was 90+ years old. It's all a matter of what you're used to doing, I guess. I personally use a reel mower (manual - no motor) and save on lawn maintenance, pollution and get exercise for free. My neighbors stare when they see me mowing the lawn and talking on the phone at the same time. Guess they didn't realize you could do those two things at one time! It's entertaining.
That's a very good idea. If everybody that's able would do more around their place it would be very good for them & help them stay in shape. I enjoy work. It keeps me in shape plus I walk a mile every day. I have a big garden year round, with lots of flower beds all around our home. I'm a farm lady. I were born & raised on a farm.
When I got married we bought a large farm. I were out there helping my hubby all the time. When I had time I did all our sewing (I had 2 babies), making our clothes & some for the neighbors & friends. I also did some baby sitting & much more. I have never been over weight. I'm retired now, and live in town. People here call me a workaholic.Keep moving, good luck.
Excellent idea! If you look through any old magazine, you can see the push lawn mower being advertised for physical fitness and healthy exercise. I will have to find my old copy to get the words right. This was in the "high end" magazines! I loved doing it until physical issues ended it for me. I really miss it. It's a great workout and you are not sniffing gas fumes or cutting the cords on an electric one either.
I get at least 10 minutes of workout during commercial breaks when I watch my favorite TV shows that span for an hour or more. All I do is run up and down the stairs till the commercial is over.
It seems as though everyone has a hobby, but it can be dangerous to your health. Yes, especially for the people who sew, or create something while sitting. Even for young people sitting for too long at a time can cause blood clots in the legs. You need to move around and take breaks.
I have found that the best time to exercise is first thing in the morning, that way, I don't have to find time throughout the day to try to get some exercise. I set my alarm to get up 30 minutes earlier each day.