As Covid and closures continue, and winter confines many of us (mostly) to the house, how can you keep moving? Walking round and round the house is certainly boring. But think about this – before all our labor-saving devices, our parents and grandparents got plenty of exercise by just managing life day to day – remember kneading bread dough, washing walls, windows & floors, or using a wringer washer & ironing? Is there a way to do some of this in your home?
My Mom lived in several apartments before she passed away. The laundry room was down the hall, and if it was to hot-cold-slippery to walk outside with her friend, she made laundry an exercise. One trip to start the load, another to move it to the dryer, a third to take it out, then she would fold half and carry it home, then the other half, so 5 round trips. Once piled on the bed, she would walk back and forth to put things away in the closet and drawers. When I offered to do it for her, she said "this is my walk for today."
I try to do the same, going up and down stairs repeatedly to do laundry, never carrying too much, so I can use the rail. Also, when folding, I toss everything on the far side of the bed, so I have to reach and stretch to get all the pieces.
I turn cooking into better exercise by chopping fresh veggies by hand, instead of using frozen ones or putting them in a processor. Then I wash the dishes by hand, dry & stow – all of this keeps me on my feet and moving.
Last week, I even moved my sewing machine to a stand-up table, and keep the ironing board as far away as possible – that may change as it is hard on my feet!
Light amounts of snow can be swept or shoveled away…
Many days I manage almost 5000 steps with out even leaving my 1000 square foot house.
What can you change in your daily routine to get moving when you're stuck inside?