So you're probably wondering now why you'd waste your time reading a post on exercising coming from me, a self-proclaimed fitness failure. Well, I know I'm no authority on the subject, but even non-athletes need their doctor-recommended 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity, so I thought I'd share how I get mine.
Walking To Work
|regardless of the season, this neighbourhood is pretty great for walks|
Upon moving to Edmonton, I started looking for exercise options, as I knew there'd be a good part of the year when I would not be active outdoors (not to say that the cold stops everyone -- just today I saw joggers and a cyclist out in the snow, exhibiting a level of acclimatization (and determination) I will never reach). My building does not have a gym and the hospital and university gyms require membership, which I calculated would in the long run surpass the cost of purchasing my own exercise machine. More so, I liked the idea of being able to exercise in my home, avoiding walking to the gym in the dark and cold at the end of a long day (I seriously admire people who do this). After scouring Kijiji for a couple of weeks, I found a deal on a good quality Spirit elliptical trainer, which fit nicely into a corner of my apartment. I've rigged up a laptop stand using a clothes drying rack and lap desk, so that I can watch TV while exercising (my favourite these days is The Amazing Race!) :)
|makeshift laptop stand (sturdier than it looks!)|
I do a bit of strength training with 10-lb dumbbells and use my yoga mat for stretching, situps, and pushups. I try to fit in strength exercises here and there during the day, such as planking for a bit while waiting for the microwave or kettle.
|...and perhaps one day I'll actually use it for yoga|
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If you have any suggestions of physical activity that doesn't require special equipment or a program subscription, please share!