Don’t hate me, but I actually look forward to my workouts. I find that walking around the neighborhood or jumping on the treadmill for a couple of miles helps me relieve stress and lowers my anxiety. Exercising 5-7 days a week has even kept me from having to go on cholesterol and blood pressure medicines. Plus, I just feel so damn good once I get it done!
But I also know many people that don’t like to exercise. I have several friends who say they know that they should work out, but it’s the one item on their to-do list that never seems to get done. And they’ll do anything in their power to avoid it. Even if it means not accomplishing their weight loss or fitness goals.
If you want to drop a few pounds or trim up a bit, one way to get around the “I hate exercise” excuse is what I like to call ‘productive fitness.’ Instead of running on a treadmill or lifting weights, this type of exercise involves doing chores around the house that burn calories while also enabling you to get things done!
Activities that fall into the productive fitness category include vacuuming, mopping, washing walls, and any other household chore that makes you break into a sweat. If you’d rather be outside, raking the yard, weeding the garden, mowing, and cutting firewood work too.
What I like about productive fitness is that it allows you to accomplish two goals at once. This leaves you feeling better mentally because 1) you kept your promise to yourself to get in better shape and 2) because your to-do list just got shorter!
You don’t have to tackle it all at once either. If you don’t get a lot of exercise now, start with a low-intensity activity that will only take you 5-10 minutes. Ease into it slowly so you don’t overdo it and hurt yourself or burn yourself out.
Who knows? You may just find that you really do like to exercise, just not in a traditional way. If not, at least you will be getting things done, so nothing is really lost.
Try it and let us know what you think! We’d love to know how much you were able to shorten your to-do list while getting more buff at the same time!
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