I hate exercising. I am an exercise avoider. Gyms bore the pants off me and I have zero motivation outside of one. P has tried to take me running and cycling, but my body and my mind just says no thanks, pass me the cake.
I do love being active, I love walking, archery, dancing, yoga and I was on the Netball A Squad all through school. I think what has happened to me is that without throwing money at an activity like ballet classes or a gym membership, I find it hard to motivate myself.
I have noticed in the past few years that my prized feature, my legs, are now looking pretty tragic…which makes me die inside.
So I am now on a mission to get my body back into shape….without paying out and without affecting my life too much…. it’s pretty jammed-packed already folks!
1: Shopping is my Cardio
I must say, when Carrie from Sex & The City said ‘Shopping is my cardio’, I whole heartedly agreed. There is nothing like burning calories whilst you have a look at lots of pretty things. I managed to rack up 15,000 steps on my last half day trip down to Brighton, which equated to over 600 calories. I haven’t even included the ‘carrying laden shopping bags’ calories!
2: Take the stairs
Skip the lift. I know that I used to trudge up every escalator in London when I lived there and my cardio was much better for it The stairs are a great way to tone up your rear and burn calories. Take the bloomin’ stairs.
3: A night out is a work out
I love a night out. I also love how much dancing and sweating I do on a night out. Gross I know…. but it makes me smile.
My 5 inch Jaggers spin and slide me all over the dance floor, and if I’m not drinking…. that is all minus calories baby. I love that my thighs & glutes ring after a night of dancing away on my high-heeled trotters.
If you ache in the morning, just think of all the shots you didn’t consume because you danced off the calories….that’s maths right there.
4: Standing still…why?
Brushing your teeth? Why aren’t you doing leg lifts?
Showering? You can do demi-squats whilst you shampoo your hair.
Washing up? …..Ok, ok,….you geddit right? I do a lot of passive exercise whilst doing other things. And now I do them so often it feels like normal! Although I am sure it doesn’t look it to others…..
5: Clean out those calories
Do you realise how many calories you can burn in an hour when cleaning?
Here are a few examples…
Scrubbing floors on hands and knees: 325
Light Cleaning – (dusting, wiping down counters, picking up clothes): 100
Moderate Cleaning – (washing dishes, doing laundry): 200
Heavy Cleaning – (vacuuming, hanging laundry, repetitive bending over): 260
Mowing lawn: 325
There are some serious energy to be burnt people. whack on your favourite tunes, grab and duster and bust out some serious moves.
So there are my 5 tips to a trim body, without even really trying…. Do you do anything similar to burn calories without bothering?