Living the Lifestyle - Thursday - 02/08/2018

misterhub Posts: 6,038 Member
edited February 2018 in Social Groups
We meet here to explore, share, celebrate, and (sometimes) agonize over how we do (or don't) incorporate weight loss guidelines into our daily lives. "It's a lifestyle, not a diet" is easily and often said, but sometimes not so simply put into practice.

This is a thread for everyone. If you're new to GoaD, or to weight loss, your questions and comments are always welcome. If you're maintaining, or a long-term loser, your thoughts on the topic may be just what someone else needs to hear. If you're reading this, join in the discussion!

Each weekday, a new topic is offered up for discussion. Thread starters for February are:

Monday - whathapnd (Emmie)
Tuesday - 88olds (George)
Wednesday - minimyzeme (Kim)
Thursday - misterhub (Greg)
Friday - jasper60103 (Jasper)

Today's Topic: Sneaky Activity

We can walk. We can run. We can do aerobics/pilates. We can do yoga. Obvious activities, which some enjoy, but others do not.

OTOH, we can often sneak in little bits of activity here and there - like parking a little further out from the store, or at work. Standing to do something instead of sitting. Taking stairs instead of elevators.

What are some of the ways you "sneak" activity into your daily life?


  • podkey
    podkey Posts: 5,043 Member
    Much of my activity is sneaky. I bike to pick up eggs,USB cables and go to yoga class. I like combining movement with what I have to do and it saves overall time for me vs driving to the gym. Walk to shop sometimes too. Adds up a lot.
  • jasper60103
    jasper60103 Posts: 222 Member
    edited February 2018
    "What are some of the ways you "sneak" activity into your daily life?"

    Yea, I avoid the elevator or escalator too. Oh, and that moving walkway at airports too.
    Sometimes I make several trips up and down stairs when I don't have to.
    Walk to the furthest restroom at work.
  • gadgetgirlIL
    gadgetgirlIL Posts: 1,381 Member
    I try to be inefficient with my trips upstairs to the mailroom at the retirement community! Same with my trips down the hall to my lab at the university. I always take the stairs unless I'm lugging some heavy stuff in with my cart.
  • Rachel0778
    Rachel0778 Posts: 1,701 Member
    I walk to work every day. It adds almost 2 miles of daily activity that I don't even think about. I also pretend I'm afraid of elevators so I always use the stairs. My cutoff for climbing is 20 flights so I rarely have to take an elevator.
  • Jimb376mfp
    Jimb376mfp Posts: 6,193 Member
    I still use the Parking Lot “ trick”. It reminds me that little amounts add up.

    I don’t mind walking around a big box store or grocery store to get something in a far away department.

    I take the dog out for short potty walks knowing it’s more for me than her. Taking my dog for long walks is my only motivation some days.

    Just wearing a Fit Bit is a sneaky way to be NAGGED into moving.

    The last time I got my 10K steps was a day last week my wife sent me on Honey Dos to several stores!
  • 88olds
    88olds Posts: 4,445 Member
    Take the stairs. We live on the forth floor.
  • beachwoman2006
    beachwoman2006 Posts: 1,214 Member
    Something I've been doing for years -- When I go to the grocery store, I enter on the door on the right and then walk up and down every aisle (without a cart) until I'm back at my starting point. Then I get the cart and do the same thing while I'm getting groceries.

    I also park as far away from the door as possible -- as long as it's next to a cart return :)
  • whathapnd
    whathapnd Posts: 1,212 Member
    In good weather, we're able to walk to some entertainment venues and do so when we can. I avoid the moving walkway in airports unless I'm running late or have heavy luggage. DH doesn't get this, at all.
  • Al_Howard
    Al_Howard Posts: 7,635 Member
    I find it hard to get much activity, due to health issues, and have trouble walking on uneven surfaces. BUT, I re-found my enjoyment of the treadmill during cardiac re-hab. As I am getting discharged from there tomorrow, I've decided to join a cheap workout place in town. Used to belong there, but stopped sending my money there. But that was a few years ago, at close to my highest weight. I'm more motivated now, and I'm sure TOL will be on me to go. <G>
  • minimyzeme
    minimyzeme Posts: 2,708 Member
    I do it in a couple ways (and surprisingly did even before attempting weight loss).

    When I first bought my MINI--10 years ago this year--I started parking in the far corners of parking lots and hoofing it into the store. I did the same with stairs going to meetings--hauling my sorry butt up several flights because I knew it was good for me. I huffed and puffed a little, but really just a little. It's a lot easier doing it now! If / when I have to go to the 'big city', I used to make sure to plan in an eating event...or two. Now, I'm much more likely to bring my walking shoes and make time to get a good walk in even if it's in one of those massive parking lots at the mall. I usually bring my own food too--that's quite a change for me!

    I love living out in the country (well, love a lot about it--not everything) but one thing I miss from my college days living in town is that it was so easy to ride my bike most everywhere. My next move will take this into consideration. It's hard to imagine suburban life for me but I think that aspect would help me feel much better.