Laundry, vacuuming, grocery shopping, walking the dog, taking out the trash are wonderful! Yup, that’s right! Before you move on to something else, bare with me.
If you recall, sometimes shifting your perspective or putting a different frame on a situation can change something from negative to positive.
ACE (American Counsel on Exercise) recently published an article on the sedentary athlete, i.e., the person who hits the gym 3-5 hours per week but sits most of the remaining hours of the day.
Highlights of the article:
- Intentional exercise—going to a gym or out for a run—is not nearly as important as unintentional exercise, keeping their bodies moving throughout the day.
- Incidental movements make up the bulk of energy expenditure for the average person.
- A growing body of evidence suggests that what people do when they’re not exercising determines their true level of ﬁtness.
- The average person sits 9.3 hours a day.
- It’s not healthy for a person to exercise one hour a day and sit the rest of the time.
So shift your perspective on the drudgery of everyday chores and look upon them as a
wonderful opportunity to boost your incidental activity!