How to keep moving when you can't go out to walk or get to the gym

Posted by Sue, Volunteer Mentor @sueinmn, Dec 21, 2020

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?

Sue

@lolaemma

Wherein Fla? Gen area please? I have to wind up legal stuff in CA and get moving better here water therapy is so wonderful. My family is in Palm Coasut, Riverview, Boca Raton. Warm warmer and warmist!

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I live in Palm Coast, since 1998. It has grown so much, but I still love living here. We have such beauty here with many natural trails and parks. I’m not able to walk them any more, but once Mayo schedules my back fusion I am hopeful I can get back to more activity.
We have UHC supplement and many places participate, so I can look forward to exercise in their heated pools, or classes.
This is as far south in Florida I want to be. It’s been in the thirties the last few mornings, and warms up today to the seventies I think!
There is a housing shortage here, both in rentals and sales! So plan ahead if moving, I think all of the north is moving to Florida!

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@ess77

Sue, how do you count your steps? Do you wear a watch? Please give me some tips, something waterproof and not to important. I don't need it to do much, just count steps walking and in water, maybe heartbeat? or ???? I ck'd online, but got more confused. Don't want to spend a fortune for this, but would enjoy and find it helpful. Any info is appreciated. Blessings. Elizabeth

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I do wear a FitBit Charge3, but it isn't waterproof. I bet we could start a thread here to get suggestions from people for one that is less expensive and waterproof.
Would you like to do that, or if you're not sure how, I can do it. I'll be in and out today so it might take a while.
Sue

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Fitbit charge 3 is water resistant up to 50 meters. I only have a fitbit charge 2 and I forgot to take it off in the shower once, and it was ok. Just lucky. I think there's water "resistant" and "waterproof". Unless you plan on swimming with it, I think it would be a good idea to take it off before submerging it in water.

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@mayofeb2020

Fitbit charge 3 is water resistant up to 50 meters. I only have a fitbit charge 2 and I forgot to take it off in the shower once, and it was ok. Just lucky. I think there's water "resistant" and "waterproof". Unless you plan on swimming with it, I think it would be a good idea to take it off before submerging it in water.

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Thanks, that's great to know! I looked it up and I can swim in it.
Sue

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