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Mailbox Workout


I’m sure for many of you the last post about the grocery shopping workout seemed like a pretty straight forward, perfectly natural task to perform on a weekly basis.

So that post and this post are mostly directed to the many, many people I see every day who drive to the mailbox to pick up their mail.

Let me explain.  There is no home mail delivery here.  Instead mail is delivered to mailboxes that are situated at the end of each block.  So the maximum distance that a person would have to walk is half a block and that is only the guy who lives in the very centre of the block.  Most everyone else would have a lot shorter distance to walk.  And yet I see so many people get into their cars and drive to the mailbox, pick up their mail and then drive home again!!!

Gas burned needlessly and fat added to their asses in copious amounts just because they are too lazy to walk for five minutes on a beautiful sunny day to pick up a couple envelopes.

So this post and the last one are simple suggestions directed to those people, informing them that there is in fact another way to live.

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Grocery Shopping Workout


My favourite workout is what I like to call the grocery shopping workout.

What it involves is leaving your car at home and walking to the grocery store.  Most neighbourhoods have a local grocery store (although if you live in the suburbs you may be SOL – I’ve been in huge suburbs with thousands of houses and the only grocery store is on the very edge of the burb.  If this is your situation then modify the workout to include riding your bike instead of walking).

So step one is wear comfortable shoes.  Step two is make sure to shop with a grocery basket hanging over your arm so that you don’t end up buying too much food because you are going to have to haul it all home afterwards.  (Step number two is obviously the most important step!)  Step three: walk home.

It’s a great workout for your arms and legs.  And you save a lot of money on gas and gym memberships.

Also since you can’t buy cartloads of food to stuff into the trunk of your car, you will have to go to the grocery store more often.  Which means you will be getting this workout in every two to three days.  How’s that for a regular workout?  And nothing is more motivating than the threat of starvation to get you out the door and going for a walk.


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Arm Workout Apps


I read a book recently that talked about the importance of regular strength training exercises.

It explained that everyone’s muscles are in a constant state of regenerating themselves but if you don’t make use of your muscles, the body doesn’t see a point in wasting energy on rebuilding them to what they were before.  So if you don’t use it, you literally lose it!

Imagine it: some people might end up with a highly developed thumb muscle for working the tv remote and a highly developed hand for working the mouse and not much more ( that’s not going to happen anytime soon obviously but if that icky imagery motivates you to get off your butt and exercise then it’s a good thing.)

There is also help to get you to exercise.  Free help!  In the form of apps.

There are many easy to use workout apps to get you started toward a healthier life.  I found one that has arm workouts of different timed lengths.  You just follow along with the repetitions that the instructor is doing.  There is a little countdown clock so you know how much longer any one exercise will last.  There is a little counter that tells you how many remaining exercises are left in the workout.

And there is no need to spend money on a gym membership or invest the time it takes to go all the way to the gym.  It’s an easy way to get started today in your own home on a healthier life.


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Frugally Fit Resource


I read a really interesting book entitled “Younger Next Year” by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge M.D.   They have one version for men and one for women and I highly recommend them.

It is written in a really easy to read, humourous way but it explained the importance of daily exercise and eating properly to maintaining excellent health throughout your life.

Aerobic exercise is required four days a week while strength training is needed two days a week.  That is exercise six days a week, every week, for the rest of your life.  Think of it as a part time job.  And the most important job you have ever had!

What they say in this book that struck me the most is that people are living longer but many people are not living WELL longer.  They break a hip or get dementia and are in pain every day but they still continue to live for many, many years.

However if you exercise and eat right and take care of your health, you can live for all those many years pain free with as few problems that are humanly possible.  It comes down to you taking care of you.  No one else is going to do it for you.  So do it!

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Sedentary Lifestyle


There has been research lately saying that a sedentary lifestyle is just as dangerous to a person’s health as smoking or drinking. But if you’re like me, it’s difficult not to sit all day because the computer at the office is on a desk and I have to sit at the desk in order to work on the computer. I have never seen standing desks in an office environment. I am sure they exist.  Just not near me.

So it’s important to get up and walk around every hour or so at the office to get some exercise in.  Walk to the kitchen and get some water.  Print one document at a time and walk back and forth to the photocopier to pick them up.

If you are like me, you work in an office that takes up several floors in one office building. Which is great news!  So now once an hour, go for a walk and take the stairs. Start slowly. Maybe just go down the stairs to start with and ride the elevator back up to your floor. Or walk down three flights of stairs and then back up one flight. Change it up. The point is to get some exercise and not be all sweaty for your next board meeting.

Cost to you: zero. And if you can sell your stairmaster on Craigslist you will even make money!

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