Exercise without exercising (Part 5)

This is the last instalment in my exercise for lazy (I mean busy!) people series and as a lazy (I mean busy!) person myself I find these last few tips pretty awesome because you get to cross two things off of your things-to-feel-guilty-about list for the price of one. That’s right. Follow these tips and not only will you get to feel good about getting your blood pumping a little but you will also get to feel a little smiley about doing some good things around the best place in the world: your home.

Do your chores.

Forget the old adage “a tidy home is the sign of a wasted life” and get cleaning. As homemakers we sometimes tend to make do with the bare minimum when it comes to house work, but all that floor scrubbing, sweeping, dusting, mopping and polishing is great for toning your muscles and getting your blood flowing. Put on some music and dance while you do the dishes and wash the windows and delight in the fact that both you and your home are getting a make-over.

Learn to do basic maintenance.

Do you have a fence that needs mending? A broken tap? Some tiles that need to be laid or a wall that needs to be painted? Do it yourself. Instead of spending money on getting someone else to come in and do these things, rather learn how to do these kinds of chores yourself and reap the health benefits as well as the money-saving benefits of your hard work.

Start gardening.

Gardening takes a lot of hard work and maintenance and it is certainly not for the fainthearted. All that weeding, digging and watering takes a nice amount of effort on your part. Weather you plant veggies or flowers there are few things as satisfying as seeing your efforts come to fruition, so again you’ve got a great two-for-one deal. Actually, if you’re planting veggies you get three-for-one: exercise, a sense of achievement and beautifully grown organic food which is healthy.

You see? Being active can be as simple as just getting out there and living your life…


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