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Not quite exercise - what 'active lifestyle' activities do you enjoy throughout the day?

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  • whmscllwhmscll Member Posts: 2,248 Member Member Posts: 2,248 Member
    Dance with my husband. East Coast and West Coast swing, ballroom, country-western two-step.
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Member Posts: 3,797 Member Member Posts: 3,797 Member
    Bump - such a valuable collection of ideas!
  • PhirrgusPhirrgus Member Posts: 1,904 Member Member Posts: 1,904 Member
    BMcC9 wrote: »
    Bump - such a valuable collection of ideas!

    Was just thinking the same thing 🙂
  • jnomadicajnomadica Member Posts: 280 Member Member Posts: 280 Member
    Active play with my son (9)! Bike rides, jumping on our trampoline, hiking, and “races” where I walk and he rides his scooter (so far, he’s won every race!). Not only are these fun activities, but they keep him and me active, and allow us to spend time together. I will cherish these memories, and I hope he will, too:)
    I’m also a huge fan of having dogs in your family! They need to be walked, and you can’t help but smile when you say “walk” and they freak out with excitement- impossible to resist.
  • ChrisCatMamaChrisCatMama Member Posts: 1,049 Member Member Posts: 1,049 Member
    Walking with my 18 year old daughter who has severe adhd. It’s almost a light jog because she is hard to keep up with (and I have adhd as well!) 🤣🤣🤣
  • DarkTwainDarkTwain Member Posts: 130 Member Member Posts: 130 Member
    Dancing at parties, taking a walk during a phone call, wandering around an IKEA
  • pierinifitnesspierinifitness Member, Premium Posts: 2,231 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,231 Member
    Always taking the stairs rather than the elevator. Playing with little grandsons.
  • littlegreenparrot1littlegreenparrot1 Member Posts: 512 Member Member Posts: 512 Member
    We have started playing tennis again after 15 years.
    We are rubbish, it's a lot of fun running around in the sunshine, especially because we are still hitting the balls everywhere!
  • Keto_VampireKeto_Vampire Member Posts: 1,679 Member Member Posts: 1,679 Member
    Taking a liking to cleaning and exploring/walking around neighborhood areas during down time waiting on loads of laundry...good way to meditate/reflect

    Back in the day @ my old college, recreations were pretty popular (nerd college...tons of gamers)...things like squash, badmitton, table tennis, bowling, etc. were fun ways of getting some activity (not very physically demanding but better than sitting in front of a laptop/tv all day)
    edited June 2019
  • xGreatWhiteNorthxxGreatWhiteNorthx Member Posts: 335 Member Member Posts: 335 Member
    Cut split and stack my own firewood for the winter. 8+ cords of it.

    Hiking with the dogs.

    Mowing the grass (uneven ground and a full acre cleared so it's not easy)

    Shoveling the laneway(takes two of us 2 hours usually with the big snow scoops)

    Yardwork and vegetable/flower gardening

    Cleaning the house

    Chasing after two dogs and a 5 year old.

    Work as a CNA in long term care.

    Park at the back of the building at work and walk up a winding hill to the front to go in.
  • appledawn0422appledawn0422 Member Posts: 31 Member Member Posts: 31 Member
    zibaldize wrote: »
    I am mostly a lump. I know that purposeful exercise offers more benefits than 'physical activity', but as I begin an exercise regimen, I'd also like to incorporate some less structured activity into my life and further cut back on the amount of time I spend on a couch, in front of a screen.

    What sort of things do y'all enjoy? When/where do you fit them into your daily schedules?

    I have just started this journey but my intention is to hit the gym with purposeful e exercise 3xs per week and go kayaking etc a couple times per week. It seems "do-able" and I don't want to burn out!
  • drmwcdrmwc Member, Premium Posts: 625 Member Member, Premium Posts: 625 Member
    If I'm at home, I'll do Grease The Groove pull-ups and chin-ups throughout the day. These are a number of reps you can do easily (e.g. 1/2 your max number of reps), done maybe 5 times a day.

    If I'm at work, I like to get a 4 mile walk over lunch. I then walk, or very occasionally run, up stairs at the end of it ( I work on the 7th floor). I aim to use the stairs at least twice a day.
  • AmericanbabydollAmericanbabydoll Member Posts: 830 Member Member Posts: 830 Member
    Bump because there's some great tips/ideas here.
  • Roza42Roza42 Member Posts: 247 Member Member Posts: 247 Member
    At work I do the stairs. I average 36 flights a day.
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Member Posts: 3,797 Member Member Posts: 3,797 Member
    Bump. Important ideas especially as cooler weather moves in with potential shifts is "what you're willing to do"
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Member Posts: 39,304 Member Member Posts: 39,304 Member
    zibaldize wrote: »
    I am mostly a lump. I know that purposeful exercise offers more benefits than 'physical activity', but as I begin an exercise regimen, I'd also like to incorporate some less structured activity into my life and further cut back on the amount of time I spend on a couch, in front of a screen.

    What sort of things do y'all enjoy? When/where do you fit them into your daily schedules?

    Not sure what you mean by exercise vs physical activity. Physical activity is exercise. I mostly ride my road bike, hit the mountain trails on my mountain bike on weekends, hike, do some rock climbing, and walk my dog. There is very little "structure" in my exercise unless I'm specifically training for something...there doesn't have to be. I'm just a physically active person. The only thing I do that I consider to be a "workout" is lifting weights a few times per week...everything else is just getting out and being active.
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Member Posts: 3,797 Member Member Posts: 3,797 Member
    cwolfman13 wrote: »
    zibaldize wrote: »
    I am mostly a lump. I know that purposeful exercise offers more benefits than 'physical activity', but as I begin an exercise regimen, I'd also like to incorporate some less structured activity into my life and further cut back on the amount of time I spend on a couch, in front of a screen.

    What sort of things do y'all enjoy? When/where do you fit them into your daily schedules?

    Not sure what you mean by exercise vs physical activity. Physical activity is exercise. I mostly ride my road bike, hit the mountain trails on my mountain bike on weekends, hike, do some rock climbing, and walk my dog. There is very little "structure" in my exercise unless I'm specifically training for something...there doesn't have to be. I'm just a physically active person. The only thing I do that I consider to be a "workout" is lifting weights a few times per week...everything else is just getting out and being active.

    @cwolfman13 , the fact that you have a natural "getting out and being active" lifestyle and focus is wonderful!

    Some people are just plain more inclined to "couch-potato-hood" than you are, and this thread is trying to point out and encourage them to burn calories in "sneak attack" ways that might be harder to pin down in the MFP Exercise tracker.

    In the context of this thread "physical activity" basically means "not sitting on the couch" (could be taking the stairs, pacing while on the phone etc etc) especially if one is just starting out or has physical or injury-related limitations.

    "Exercise" means what most people think as "formal or intentional exercise" / something measurable like how much weight - how many reps - how far - how long (maybe in a gym or on a home cardio machine or in a class or along with an exercise video etc.)
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Member Posts: 39,304 Member Member Posts: 39,304 Member
    BMcC9 wrote: »
    cwolfman13 wrote: »
    zibaldize wrote: »
    I am mostly a lump. I know that purposeful exercise offers more benefits than 'physical activity', but as I begin an exercise regimen, I'd also like to incorporate some less structured activity into my life and further cut back on the amount of time I spend on a couch, in front of a screen.

    What sort of things do y'all enjoy? When/where do you fit them into your daily schedules?

    Not sure what you mean by exercise vs physical activity. Physical activity is exercise. I mostly ride my road bike, hit the mountain trails on my mountain bike on weekends, hike, do some rock climbing, and walk my dog. There is very little "structure" in my exercise unless I'm specifically training for something...there doesn't have to be. I'm just a physically active person. The only thing I do that I consider to be a "workout" is lifting weights a few times per week...everything else is just getting out and being active.

    @cwolfman13 , the fact that you have a natural "getting out and being active" lifestyle and focus is wonderful!

    Some people are just plain more inclined to "couch-potato-hood" than you are, and this thread is trying to point out and encourage them to burn calories in "sneak attack" ways that might be harder to pin down in the MFP Exercise tracker.

    In the context of this thread "physical activity" basically means "not sitting on the couch" (could be taking the stairs, pacing while on the phone etc etc) especially if one is just starting out or has physical or injury-related limitations.

    "Exercise" means what most people think as "formal or intentional exercise" / something measurable like how much weight - how many reps - how far - how long (maybe in a gym or on a home cardio machine or in a class or along with an exercise video etc.)

    I think that's part of the problem...people tend to have a very myopic view of "exercise."
  • kdbulgerkdbulger Member Posts: 396 Member Member Posts: 396 Member
    I like to park in a shopping area and then walk to each stop/store instead of taking my car around.
    Taking transit instead of cars usually increases walking by default as well.
  • riffraff2112riffraff2112 Member Posts: 1,753 Member Member Posts: 1,753 Member
    Walking. Yard-work.
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