- 4 years ago
Hot yoga! Its yoga in the sauna – so relaxing
Hot yoga! Its yoga in the sauna – so relaxing
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.
I love the eliptical and its calorie burning magic
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.
Why not try standing instead of sitting?
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.
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!
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.
beachybridemrsd2bee: Walking around while I am out and about for appointments or whatever is something I do a fair bit of, so I get some good exercise that way! I also walk my dogs every weekend, a big improvement on my never taking them out for walks. Observing is something I am working on, so getting out and observing while getting exercise is a good idea.
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
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!
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.
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.
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