(Closed) What are your favourite easy forms of exercise?

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 16
329 posts
Helper bee

Hot yoga! Its yoga in the sauna – so relaxing 

Post # 17
5876 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Jacqui90:  Well, I don’t really think it’s exercise if it’s that easy.  But I guess walking.  I love going for a walk and do so for fun, but it is also some physical activity.  It’s also really easy to integrate into your life, so I think it’s a great option if you are looking for a really easy way to get more physical activity.

Post # 18
295 posts
Helper bee

I love the eliptical and its calorie burning magic

Post # 19
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

If by effortless you mean effortless to fit into your usual routine, I fit squats, wall squats and planking into my day when I have a minute to spare. I wouldn’t call it a workout or anything, but it’s better than just standing or sitting around. Same with bouncing on the stability ball: that wouldn’t replace the gym, but it’s better than sitting on the couch. 

Post # 20
3220 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Why not try standing instead of sitting?

Post # 21
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Jacqui90:  Most think exercise means you must physically exert yourself drastically. But one of the greatest forms of exercise you can do is take a walk without music and just observe and be, take in each moment. William James, one of the early pragmatic philosophers,  utilized walks as a place to pursue his thoughts to develop many of the ideas of the philosophy, which harp back to Thoreau, and to ease his depression.  

When I was living in San Diego, I walked all the time and everywhere, even before I had dogs. Once I had dogs, I was doing at least 6 miles a day on top of my hour of cardio and weights. It seems like a lot, but I did 2 miles in the am and then hit the gym.3-4  miles in the evening enjoying the summer weather in winter and the sunsets while on a dog beach. I walked to the grocery store because it was half a mile away and I went several times a week. All my shopping, restaurants,  and bars were in walking distance. Also, I had the bay walk and boardwalk. I took a lot of pictures. I noticed my neighborhood. I loved seeing the calla lilies growing near the stop sign at the community garden, the tree house and metal art fence of a neighbor, the hobbit like rolly grass in a yard, a cat perched up in a second story window that looked out at a picture perfect view of Mission Bay at sunrise.  I saw every sunrise over the mountains to the east and watched as downtown emerged from twinkling lights to a grey outline and watched the sun sink into the pacific in vibrant colors. I thought, I laughed, I let go, I reasoned, I enjoyed, I made friends with neighbors and strangers. It was better than therapy. 

I also suggest bike rides. Not lance armstrong. I have a 7 speed beach cruiser that I’d do 10 miles on the bay and beach walk or ride up to La Jolla or down to Ocean Beach for farmers’ markets or to hit up a bar or restaurant. Half the time I’d just go for a ride to see something beautiful and would not focus on speed or heart rate, but the world and beauty around me. 

If you look at the exercise as not exercise, as just a form of movement that gets you from point a to point b, be it physically or emotionally, then it is easy. It’s not hard or tough or a chore, but an essence of your being and a part of you that connects yourself to the greater world around you. 

FYI: I miss San Diego like woah. This whole winter thing has got me stuck inside and miserable.  

Post # 22
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

My true exercise is definitely not effortless unfortunately, but I like to swim for pleasure and I feel like it is good exercise even though that isn’t actually my intent – so in some ways it seems effortless. Same goes for sex, although sometimes the workout I’m getting is part of my motivation!


Post # 23
3778 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I think moving around while watching tv makes exercise seem effortless. I like lifting weights and doing things like squats and lunges while watching tv. Even marching or running in place during commercials can help. These are my “lazy day” exercises, but I definitely don’t consider them enough to make much of a difference. It just keeps me on track instead of doing nothing at all. 

Post # 25
6269 posts
Bee Keeper

Riding my horse.  Core and thighs really feel it the day after a long trek. And all the horsey stuff that goes with it ie grooming, sweeping, lugging hay around etc 

Post # 26
1104 posts
Bumble bee

Jacqui90:  Hiking! I like to listen to podcasts and just hike for an hour and a half or so. If you plan really hilly routes it’s a decent workout when paired with a deep stretching session either before or after. I even suit up and do it during winter.  

Post # 27
2125 posts
Buzzing bee

UK-bee:  I stopped riding after the earthquake and put on weight SO fast! Lugging water containers around paddocks, wandering around a paddock because someone doesn’t want to be caught, getting cheap hay from behind the baler then stacking it, carrying feed buckets through paddocks, running through paddocks with said buckets because you’re being chased.  Setting up and moving jumps, poo picking, grooming, loading the truck for shows, carrying gear, leading to and from paddocks… And that’s without even riding 😉 Man I miss it, but when I think back to those full days competing it makes me realise how unfit I actually am right now! 

Post # 28
1128 posts
Bumble bee

I try to avoid easy exercise as it seems like a time waste. But I do enjoy yoga and whilst it isn’t easy as such, it isn’t painful or exhausting like other forms of exercise.

Post # 29
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

doing squats while brushing my teeth. or calf raises while washing my hands.  or running up the stairs at work when i get in early in the morning and no one is there to judge me.  little things like that throughout the day.

Post # 30
3323 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Jacqui90:  walking,

 squats and crunches in my living room. 

I three pound away from missing a stone. Since 5th Jan 2016. 

I’ve just got me stone 2.5lb dumbbells to use while walking 

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