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Monday Mission: Have Fun Exercising

May 21st, 2012 · 7 Comments · Monday Missions

Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to make sure you’re moving your body throughout the day, and have fun with it!

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Level of Commitment: Baby Steps

While a regimented exercise program may be a good and necessary thing for some, being fit and healthy doesn’t always have to include formal “exercise.”

I will admit I think I might be blessed with amazing health and physical fitness genes (I have aunts who work retail on their feet and downhill ski, both in their 70s and 80s, no kidding), so don’t hate me when I say that I lost all my baby weight without actually exercising. I just try to keep moving during the day.

I do really appreciate a good workout, and I love getting outside for walks when I can (in Michigan, that’s not always very often November through March). My husband, on the other hand, has been working out formally with P90X, running a 10K, and now Insanity, six days a week. (Yikes.) If you do want a formal exercise program, you might like Thrive90, designed for busy parents and never taking longer than 30 minutes.

Some way, some how, it is important to pair physical work with great nutrition to keep our bodies at optimal health, whether your goal is to lose weight or you’ve thrown out the scale in an effort to simply be healthy, no matter what the numbers say. See more of the Real Food Weight Loss and Exercise series…

Here are some other great ways to keep moving without waking up early to exercise:

For one last idea for you married folks about how to stay fit with your spouse on “date nights,” check out my guest post today at Fit Marriage: How Marriage Helps You Stay Fit – God’s Way Spoiler alert – may be a little risqué for some KS readers! Proceed with caution… Winking smile 

Do you have a formal exercise time? How do you keep moving?

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  • Mary P

    I don’t have formal exercise time, although I walk everywhere because I don’t have a car, and I belong to a dance team that practices once per week.

    Some tips for people who work outside of the home–see if you can walk/bike to work, park far away from your office entrance, and finally—get a standing desk!!!! I got one recently and I LOVE it. It keeps me energized all day. It lowers for when I feel like sitting but I end up standing a lot more than I thought I would. Plus I end up standing on one leg a lot to work on my balance as well.

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  • Sharon

    Exercise? Heck no. I just run 30+ miles a week, and race distances from 3k to half marathon. But that running isn’t “exercise,” it’s my quiet time, part of my prayer time, and just plain fun. It happens to have the side effect of keeping me fit…

    Leaving the car at home and walking or biking instead is a fantastic way to get more activity into the day. Transportation fueled by calories per mile, not miles per gallon, now that’s a good thing.

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  • Cathy

    I agree–walking, running, or biking, especially if pushing or pulling your children around, is great exercise. And when going somewhere you might otherwise drive, gas savings make it a frugal and green practice!

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  • Paula

    I set my alarm for 5:30am to exercise, but sometimes it doesn’t happen until 6:30. I have to get it done before my husband leaves for work and I really like exercising it when it’s the cooler part of the day.
    I’ve recently been doing a couch to 5k training.

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  • Christina

    I’m up with Paula at 5:3oam. I have an hour to get my body in shape and then my kids wake up. I tried to do it in the evenings with my hubby for the last couple weeks and I was miserable.
    I was doing exercise videos and workout plans in my basement for the winter, but I’m a bit bored with those at the moment. Now, I’m training to run some 5K races this summer. It’s fun to have a goal and see results. Although, I’m learning to be happy with small successes.
    I lost all but 9lbs of baby weight without exercise, but to get to the body and fitness level I really want, I’m working out 5-6 days a week. I love it, and the best part is that it almost completely controls my pmdd issues.

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  • Renee

    I recently started using a FitBit (fancy pedometer) and it has really opened my eyes to how active I really need to be! I thought I was moving or walking a lot before, but now the numbers don’t lie – I really have to put some effort in to get up to 10,000 steps every day. I’m a nurse, so standing and walking are part of my job, but even when I’m working it can be a challenge to get to 10,000. In addition to my daily steps, I’ve been a member of our local YMCA for a few months and I love going to spinning class there; it’s a fabulous workout and the kids love to play in the Kids’ Club.

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  • 'Becca

    We put our pantry in the basement! :-D Seriously, we did that because we didn’t have a good space upstairs for our stocked-up food, but it happens to have fitness benefits, too, because it gets us to make extra trips up and down stairs carrying weight.

    Living in a walkable neighborhood was one of our top priorities in choosing a home. We can walk to school, church, supermarket, library, post office, and many other businesses. It is a city neighborhood where traffic is a hassle and parking is scarce, so that also helps motivate us to walk. I work in a neighborhood with even more traffic and parking issues, so I take public transit, and sometimes I walk all the way to or from work (about 3 miles).

    We don’t own a parking space. This means that sometimes when we come home and no space near our house is available, we have to park as much as 1/8 mile away, which doesn’t sound like much, but if you make 4 round trips between car and house carrying 20 pounds of bulk food each time, you have walked a mile and gotten a workout! :-) Parking on the street also means that we have to scrape the car every time we use it in snowy weather: good exercise, or we walk so we won’t have to scrape!

    Building fitness into daily life means I don’t have to allot much time for it, but we also have some exercise equipment of the type that’s easily used for short periods–exercise ball, weights, pull-up bar–and do exercises using everyday objects.

    I’ve enjoyed your series! Keep up the good work!

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