Exercise Avoidance vs Incidental Exercise

Why do I avoid exercise? Pain? Hard work? Fear? Laziness? I’m not sure but I definitely avoid exercise. Fitness protection

We have a walking group at work and I haven’t taken part since October. Time? It would cut into classes I teach and I am a firm believer that the teacher should be on time for class if they want their students to be on time. I have been putting on my pedometer right before I go to work and I can feel a tiny bit righteous about how many steps I do in a day as “incidental exercise”.

Incidental exercise is what you get when you do your day-to-day activities and that’s why you shouldn’t park right beside the store and take the stairs instead of the elevator. To quote Google, Incidental exercise is any exercise or physical activity that is part of your daily routine. This can include walking around the supermarket, doing household chores such as vacuuming or even just getting up to change the channel on the television!WomensHealthandFitness.com.au  has 20 ways to boost incidental exercise . Number 1: get a pedometer. Mine is 6 years old and I’ve had to replace the battery. I love dollar stores. They have almost any size watch battery that you, your watch or pedometer might need. It’s a cheap way to measure steps. My goal is 5000 steps a day. Not much, but better than just 2.

So, I can’t get off the couch to change the channel, it’s all infa-red but I could put the channel changer across the room, couldn’t I? I’ve been taking the stairs more at work but one of the treads is broken and I’m terrified of slipping, falling and dislocating some metal parts in my body or breaking something that hasn’t been replaced, yet. I’ve reported it and it’s in the lap of maintenance and I hope it’s taken care of while I’m on my day off. And, it is my day off and I have a doctor appointment. She’s good for me and will give me the look. Sigh. I have to get weighed and the old blood pressure checked. I’ve got to stay relatively healthy for surgery next month. I’ve also scheduled a trip to Costco with my daughter so I guess a long walk is in order!

I do avoid pain. I do avoid being the slowest in the group. I do like to play my handicap sticker st the mall. I do like to snuggle down in my couch corner and watch a couple of hours of TV.  But I can see the wiggle of the underused muscles in my upper arms. I can feel the lack of power in my thighs. Regardless of shoulder pain and my right knee’s lack of flexibility there is lots I can do. So, with all of you as my witnesses, I will do more. It won’t be an athletic 20,000 steps but maybe I can work up to an average 10,000.

Thanks for listening.  ;D  Diane



~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on March 9, 2016.

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