Still, those three times in my life were the three most physically healthy times in my life.
You see, when I pay for something, I want to get the most out of it. So, when I had a gym membership, I actually used the gym. Not a lot, mind you, but a decent amount.
Most weeks, I would work out on a cardio machine, use the weight machines and/or take a yoga class two or three times a week. I made myself exercise and stretch and sweat, and guess what? I got into shape!
But, I still couldn’t get over the fact that I was paying to exercise. And I just didn’t like the gym culture. Some people love it. They love to work out with other people. They like to have a community of exercisers around them. It motivates them. But despite the beautiful, buff bodies around me to inspire me or give me some eye candy, I just was not comfortable. It did not inspire me. It did not motivate me. I was just trying to get the most from paying for my membership.
I haven’t been to a gym for about two years now and I can definitely see it and feel it. I’ve gained about 7-8 pounds, my clothes are tighter, I feel more sluggish and less flexible, and I just don’t look very fit. * Sigh. *
I keep thinking, maybe I need to join a gym again? But each time I debate it in my mind, I come up with the same answer: NO.
So, what’s an out-of-shape Super Fruger to do?
I’ve tried working out with free weights at home. That lasts about a week.
I also tried riding a stationary bike for six months. It was great except I kept having lower back and neck pain. Out went the bike.
I do love taking walks every day. And I do take qigong classes every week and love them. But what about the strength training?
Well, I think I came up with an answer yesterday as I was scrubbing the kitchen floor, crouched down on my haunches. This was probably the first time in three years that I have done this (usually, Marcus just vacuums the floor). Let me tell you, when I got up after 30 minutes of scrubbing, my legs were sore. My shoulders and arms were sore.
I thought, that was a workout! Then I thought, why don’t I do this every week?
With that in mind, here’s my new exercise routine for May.
- Every day, I will take a 45-60 minute walk.
- Twice a week, I will attend my qigong classes.
- Once a week, I will clean our two bathrooms (toilets, sinks, tub and floor).
- Once a week, I will scrub the kitchen floor or the dining room floor.
- Once a week, I will sweep out the front entryway and the front walk.
Maybe some of you are thinking, I do all this already. Congrats, little Miss or Mister Housecleaner. Don’t rain on my parade.
I’m going to try the “Housecleaning Exercise Workout” for one month. I will put my all into it and try to work up a sweat when I’m scrubbing.
Rubber gloves on. Here I go!
UPDATE: I tried this for a month and sorry to say, it did not work. I do love taking my walks almost every day and going to qigong class twice a week. But do I like cleaning the bathrooms and floors every week? No! Have I swept the front walk? Again, no! Alas, on to brainstorming more ways to get exercise.
Brooms photo is by jam343.