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Five Ways to Work Out without Working Out

Lately, I've been avoiding my gym. And let me tell you - that doesn't bode well for my thighs, butt and mid-section. But I've decided, rather than do the same thing I do all the time at my local gym (elliptical, stationery bike and treadmill), I'm going to do five things that will hopefully melt the fat from my lower half without me realizing I'm actually working out.

1. Rollerblading - Back in the day (meaning the mid-nineties), I was quite the rollerblader. In fact, my favorite thing to do each weekend was to strap on my blades, slip on my headphones and sing as I rolled through Central Park. During the winter, I'd even rollerblade to Wollman Rink, put my rollerblades in a locker and ice skate for an hour. Hello, Old Me - where are you and how do I get my mojo back?

2. Dancing Lessons - When I was on a cruise recently, I realized that I am a dance spaz. I mean, I can certainly do the typical side to side, hand bopping move that I perfected in the eighties and I personally love the "Baby Mama" 'Stop Framing Your Face' line, but what I've realized is that dancing burns a serious amount of calories - just look at how Kelly Osbourne transformed her body. Sign me up for some salsa lessons stat!

3. Commuter Calorie Burn - Give yourself less than 10 minutes to catch your train. Then sprint in high heels carrying your purse that includes a laptop, your cell phone, iPhone, files and notepad. Now, make sure your train is on the furthest possible track imaginable - for an added burn, climb three flights of stairs at top speed and then collapse on the train. Do not, under any circumstances buy a bag of pretzels before you board the train because if you do, the calories you burnt will be useless.

4. Tennis Anyone? My favorite sport since the time I was nine years old is tennis. The reason - when I'm in the zone, I can really play well. And when I play outdoors, I actually sweat - which means I burn calories. So I will step into my time machine, pretend I'm back in high school and start hitting those balls like a fiend.

5. Wii and My Family: Never count out my Wii Fit - which will definitely call me obese once I step on that balance board but I can take it. All I need to do is stick with a routine, even if it's 15 minutes per day and I will be on my way. Besides, I love the kick boxing and hula hoop games - feel the burn without the burden.

So there you have it - five ways to lose weight without it feeling like a total chore. I'm kick starting my routine tomorrow and will let you know soon how it's working for me. Summer is right around the corner and all I can say is I refuse to spend another season fretting over my knee fat and cankles!

If you have any fun calorie burning tips to share, please feel free to comment!

Posted in: Blog, Role Mommy Fave Five, The Girdle Chronicles on 03/18/2010


  • Another great source for different workout ideas: your TV and computer. The OnDemand section will keep changing, so that you can change up your routine. Mine has dance too and I recently tried a Bollywood dance workout and loved it! The internet can be a great source for other workout ideas on youtube and exercise TV. Changing up what you do will keep your body guessing and keep the calories burning, whereas doing the same old routine won't do much for the same old you. Good luck!

  • Great advice. I've come to the conclusion that attempting to force myself to get to the gym isn't working for me either. I get too lazy, find excuses not to go and then end up doing no exercise whatsoever. Here are 2 things I started doing:

    1. I organize a family hike once a week. We choose a different location every time, pack a healthy picnic lunch into a backpack, load up the kids and the dog and off we go. We use an iPhone app to track how far we've gone.

    2. I'm watching Biggest Loser. I get a few great tips from the show, plus I feel guilty if I sit on my butt watching it so I've started working out in my living room while the show is on. Nobody else in my family watches it so thankfully I have the living room to myself. I do jumping jacks, hand weights, stretching, a little yoga and floor exercises.

    3. When I remember I wear a pedometer. It inspires me to take those extra steps each day just so I can beat the previous days count.

    I would love to start doing dance classes again. Hubby and I did ballroom for a little while, but his schedule didn't allow for us to continue taking the classes this season. Maybe next.

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    Great advice. There are so many different ways of keeping fit and it's important to do the things that you enjoy. When exercise becomes a 'chore' you are more likely to find excuses not to do it, and when that happens 'guilt' can set in, and people can end up 'punishing' themselves with food etc.

    Life is to be enjoyed. Always look for ways of making yourself happy. Develop habits that serve you on many levels.

    Julie Mann Habitfixer

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