There’s a funny thing about fitness; you can love it, hate it, possibly be afraid of it, or maybe stand completely neutral on the topic. The great thing, though, is that you can incorporate fitness/wellness into your daily tasks so that you are not only being proactive with your giant list of things to do, but you can also get a great workout in. What could be better than multi-tasking and saving you some time? If you are a busy person like me, then you know we tend to always be looking for ways to utilize our time in the most efficient way. Let me help you get started.
The Importance of Fitness
Importance of Fitness
Did you know that exercise is the leading recommendation/prescription a doctor will give for depression, anxiety, and stress? Most people would assume the first step would be medication, and in some cases that may be necessary, but exercise releases endorphins which in general terms, will make you happy, or at least boost your mood. Some people find exercise to be addicting, however, I like to refer to is as being dedicated to self-health. Therefore if you are wanting to incorporate something into your life that will give you a positive boost, maybe consider adding some fitness to your day whether that is in the form of going to the gym or incorporating it into your everyday routine. Maybe that means each time you pick something off the floor you squat back down and stand up. Or if you are placing cans on the top shelf, consider lifting it up, taking it back down and then up again. Just little things to get moving.
Where to Start
A lot of questions arise from people when first starting their fitness journey: What do I do? Where do I start? How long of sessions? Do I weight train or Cardio? Both? Let’s start with what you can simply incorporate into your day to day activities as a starting point. There are many ways to stay active inside such as tidying, mopping, scrubbing, walking from room to room, just moving in general! However, my favorite way of incorporating fitness into my home life is to make my chores a workout by constantly moving and taking small short breaks.
One of the best places to start a workout routine is outside of your home. Let’s just look at the chores that come with the changing of seasons. Summer, for example, comes with fresh grass, flowers, weeds, landscaping and I’m sure we can think of many other things. Mowing the lawn is a great way to get some steps in while also incorporating a little resistance training with the mower itself. If you are someone who loves to garden, think of all the bending and squatting that is involved in just the removal of weeds. When you are freshening up your garden you’re going to want to add soil and fertilizer, here comes the dead lifts by lifting and moving these bags from one spot to another. Stacking wood is another amazing way to fit in some exercise for those who have wood stoves. You squat down, you pick up the wood and you stack it in another location, break it up into intervals – do the work for 10 minutes, then rest for 5 and continue.
Another great time of year for implementing a workout into your outdoor chores is in the winter. Winter time comes with shoveling, shoveling and more shoveling if you happen to live in Canada. If you’re one of the lucky ones you’ll have a snow blower and not just anyone – see which ones people are claiming to be the best gas snow blower ever. But, don’t think that because you have a snow blower that everything is all easy-peasy. They take work to use, the use of arm strength, walking – back and forth, back and forth. So you are getting a great workout in even then. Make the outdoor cleanup a part of your everyday routine, scrap the walkways, shovel the driveway etc.
All in all, there are so many ways to fit in your fitness while tackling chores around your house, especially in the great outdoors. So if you want to get a workout in, shove on your boots and start moving, there is always something to do in your own backyard whether it’s simply tidying up, cutting the grass, or maybe planting some veggies. The best way to get things moving and in a timely manner is to simply set a clock. Work and rest in a 2:1 ratio. That way you get your chores accomplished as well as got some fitness snuck into the mix and you don’t waste too much time. So get moving!