The Supermarket Workout
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
I keep noticing my own (and others') "stinkin' thinkin'" about having no time to workout. Here's what I came up with to have some fun sneaking fitness into a weekly chore, grocery shopping....
1. Park at the far side of the parking lot. Walk one long lap around the perimeter of the parking lot, and back to car. If anyone gives me a strange look, make like I'm searching for a cart (so what if I'm right next to the cart round up thingy).
2. Finally walk into the market, pushing cart. Take one or two laps around the perimeter of the store, looking at the lovely fresh produce, meats/fish, and other nutritious foods to be found outside the aisles.
3. Walk up and down all the aisles (not stopping to shop), just noticing what's there and where things are.
4. Feel tired of walking. Begin shopping. Whenever possible, reach up on toes (calf work!) to get items from high shelves, or bend from waist to get things from lower shelves (dead lifts!). Sneak some triceps kickbacks in with heavy cans when nobody's looking. Do more calf lifts while contemplating the produce to buy or while checking list.
5. Do more strength training when nobody is looking or I'm alone on the aisle -- Dead lift the heavy bottles of laundry soap or other heavy items. Use soup cans to do bicep curls or pec flies. Do shoulder press with bags of flour or sugar (then put back on the shelf!).
6. March in place anytime I'm stuck waiting to get into an aisle.
7. Do one or two more long laps around the inside of the market.
8. March in place while waiting in line to check out.
9. Load car. When home, walk the groceries in one bag at a time. For me, this means walking up and down a hill with some steps, so it's a good calorie burn to end the workout!
10. Stretch and feel proud of a multi-tasking victory that kept me from being totally bored at the market!