I’ve already written about how my dogs are one of the primary ways I trick myself fit. Well, I’ve stepped it up a notch from getting a shoulder workout from tug-of-war or some cardio when
I walk they pull me up steep hills.
This is my dog with one of his favorite logs:
When I throw that log (or any other toy), I get a few seconds of downtime before he’s back, shoving that log into my leg or dropping it on my feet. But it’s not enough time to really do anything but wait around for him to return.
But, if I throw his toy into the pool, he’s got a little farther to go. There’s the jumping in,
And then the running back to me, dripping wet, and ready to go again. In other words, I have nearly a minute to myself each time around. And what better way to put that minute to use than to do a plank, or a set of pushups?
I swear, my arms haven’t been as sore in quite a while. And all from this spare time, albeit in small increments, that I had spent just been twiddling my thumbs before. It’s such a no-brainer, now that I think about it. Fitness doesn’t just happen in big blocks of time spent working out. It happens through a commitment to living a certain type of lifestyle, and the outlook that goes along with enables us to see even the puniest opportunities for what they are.
Just imagine what you could accomplish if you could find small, easy ways to put those seemingly inconvenient periods of time to use in meaningful ways. Like waiting for your water to boil. Or at the bus stop. (Granted, that might be a little embarrassing). Or…