My favorite exercise is walking. For me, walking isn’t a chore; it isn’t boring; it’s not ever something that I force myself to do. Walking comes as naturally to me as sleeping (and also yoga, but that’s for another post).
Do you think you hate to exercise? Maybe you’re just bored of the usual suspects – spin, pilates, aerobics, kickboxing, and so on. Here are my favorite ways to exercise without even realizing it.
- Walk. Walk your heart out. I can easily get in upwards of 10,000 steps a day (that’s about 5 miles) if I just make a little bit of effort: get off the subway 1 stop early, go on a walk to the farther coffee shop (Organique’s free-coffee-Wednesday perhaps?), walk on your lunch break, walk after dinner (this is great for digestion), walk to meet a friend… You get the picture.
- Dance. Dance in the kitchen, in the living room, the bedroom, and any other rooms you have. (I only have those rooms because I live in Manhattan, but if you live outside the city you probably have a lot more space.) I like to turn up the music while I cook dinner or clean the house and as I cook/clean I spin around and move. It’s fun. It’s also really uplifting and will make a bad day good really fast.
- Skip the elevator (at least once a day). Okay, I have to admit that at work I usually take the elevator. I work on the 12th floor! But I try to take the stairs at least a few times a week. I usually have to do this when I know my co-workers won’t see me coming out of the stairwell because they’ll think I’m crazy. I happen to live in a 4th floor walkup which is also good exercise.
- Stretch. Instead of sitting on the couch while you watch TV, sit on the floor and stretch. Do some yoga poses to feel better. Try a triangle pose or standing splits. I like doing these Diance von Furstenberg stretches that I found in her old Book of Beauty.
Hope this will encourage you to do more fake exercise. I actually think that getting into the habit of adding in unrealized exercise will keep you fit and healthy for life. These are all things that anyone should be able to do at any age. I want to be walking, dancing, skipping, and stretching for many many years to come.
Do you like to “exercise” without realizing it?