Without going to the gym?
Doing things the manual way seems to make most conventionals recoil in horror, but it just seems easier to me to be moving around while I'm also getting some domestic work done (cause that's where I work).
-I hang up the laundry to dry outside
-I recently got one of these hand washers for washing laundry (I admit I only use it one out of every 4 or 5 loads)
-I carry my baby all the time, in my arms or in a sling (she's 4 months)
...and that's all I can think of. Anyone have some good ole fashioned manual labor ideas/tips?
I look for heavy shit around the house and convince myself that it needs to be somewhere else in the house. Drives my wife nuts.
I have a dog and children who need frequent walking - 3 x a day.
I also play with my kids. We play tag and when I am tagged my oldest (because my youngest doesn't yet talk) gives me an exercise to do. He usually hangs out with me while I workout so he knows all about push ups, box jumps and burpees. Sometimes he makes me do cartwheels. He thinks he is my personal trainer. It's exhausting!
I try to perform "random acts of fitness" when I'm at the office. If I've got a minute between patients, I'll bust out 25 push ups or air squats. To keep limber, I like to do Sisson's "Grok Squat" when I have a minute. Luckily, I'm on my feet all day so I at least have that going for me. It'd be tougher if I was a desk jockey. Prolonged sitting is the single worst thing you can do to your musculoskeletal system. I struggle with it every day with my patients. A cushy desk job makes YOU cushy, which is not good.
I walk my dog every day, and let him (and me) loose in a nearby field. My husband gets embarrassed because I leap around and yell and laugh, but it keeps the dog interested in playing ball; otherwise he sort of wanders off when my husband just throws it mechanically, over and over.
I use a manual push mower on half an acre, and some weeks that truly qualifies as labor. And housework, yes, although I grumble about it. Cooking with cast iron pans, too, is good for my puny biceps.
Oh, and at work I just converted to a standing desk, and I practice samba steps while programming. It's good that I work with a bunch of other weirdos. ;)
Thanks so much for asking this; great question!
I sweep and wash the floors by hand (with a rag) because I don't have a vacuum cleaner. I always shovel snow manually, and our house has two decks and a very long entrance stairway so that's a lot of shovelling :)
We live on a hill and dirt tends to slowly migrate down our long steep driveway. When it gets to be 2-3 inches deep every few months, my uber domestic workout is to first weed the driveway, and then grab a shovel and wheelbarrow. After all that shoveling and running up the hill with the full wheel barrow for an afternoon I can tell I've gotten a really good workout.
Going for hikes with 2 year old who doesn't want to walk more than 5 steps at a time without being picked up, and then insists on being put back down almost immediately is my primary workout these days. No need for a gym with my tiny trainer in tow.
I just set up an easy do-it-your self standing desk in my home office. I found a small children's card table in the basement to bring the monitor and keyboard to just the right height when set on my regular desk. My laptop is below and I sit on an exercise ball at it when I get tired of standing - I'm still in training.
I don't have a car so I have to walk/bike everywhere and travel usually 15 miles per day between surfing and getting food.
Surfing for me is a great way to workout without feeling like a workout.
I have no car. That should be enough :D Which means: walking with heavy grocery bags either on my back or/and in my hands, taking books to library (which may get pretty heavy), walking to/from bus, sometimes quick sprint to catch a bus etc.
I had a daily walk to work, and as I am a teach it often involved carrying heavy backpack with books, it's better than a weighted vest ;-)
I just came back from two weeks visiting my friends in VT, where I could help them in clearing their land for pasture, which involved burning a lot of brush... A few hours almost every day of dragging, breaking, lifting, throwing, squatting etc. wood was quite the best exercise I could think of! I think even if we don't have this kind of opportunities daily, maybe volunteering somewhere where physical help is needed (for elderly?) might be a great way to combine physical with ethical fitness.
oh, I am also very passionate about decor and remodeling my apt, which means painting walls (first sanding them, washing) moving furniture, etc. I think there is a reason why my arms are the most muscular! :D