"Sneaking" in Exercise
I try to "sneak" in exercise in ways that don't seem like exercise - know what I mean? Like I take the stairs whenever and wherever possible and for several reasons. I’m impatient - I hate waiting for the elevator-especially if I think it’s going to be packed. Opting for the stairs is less crowded, and I know the extra steps are good for me.
Parking in the far part of the parking lot
Whenever I go food shopping or to Target, especially when I’ve been neglecting workouts, I park as far away from the entrance as I can. Also, it’s much easier to find parking if you park away from the parking spots everyone is fighting for. Also, food and Target shopping are workouts! Bonus points: Sometimes parking in the far part of the parking lot makes for a quicker exit.
The hallway closet
I have a hallway closet that's about 3 feet wide and 4 feet deep - it’s a catchall for everything. Diabetes supplies, suitcases, wrapping paper and gift bags. And it gets cluttered fast. When I can no longer ignore, I do an overhaul.
I empty it out and dust and vacuum the inside, and organize my crap into three piles: Keep, pitch or donate. What I keep, I put back and neat as a pin! It takes about two hours and yes cleaning is indeed a workout!
I walk my neighbor’s dog
I love dogs, dogs love me. Dogs are my favorite. Unfortunately, I don’t own a dog. But lucky for me my neighbor does, and every now and then (like when she’s going to dinner and a movie, or decides to go away for a few days) she asks me to walk her dog, Jim. I walk Jim 20 minutes, twice a day - if the weather is nice and Jim is feeling up to it, I’ll walk him for 30. Walking Jim is usually a weekend commitment and me an extra 80 (20X4,) minutes of walking over a two day period. Spending time with Jim makes me happy and is great for my blood sugars! Owning a pet is good for our health - so is walking and hanging out with your neighbor's fur baby!
What are some ways you "sneak in exercise?"
Do you live with any sleep disorders (eg. insomnia, sleep apnea, RLS) in addition to your diabetes?