But since I've been focusing on these RAFs, I've been pleased to note that - though not always the case - my busy days no longer guarantee an absence of exercise. I'm still able to make even my busiest days "active" with just a few minutes of short exercise bursts in all kinds of different ways.
|Funny...I almost wore that EXACT outfit |
to the playground today.
Take today, for example. It was full of the school practice walk (R starts kindergarten next week and we’ve been preparing by walking to school in the mornings this week), dropping the car off to get fixed, grocery and school supply shopping, baking refreshments for a church activity, taking the kids swimming to give my sister-in-law some much needed peace while recovering from her C-section, and then going to the church activity. My to-do list actually had even more on it… but the rest will be put off till tomorrow, including my workout.
But here’s the magic of the RAFs: I don’t lament my missed workout because I squeezed in some activity anyway! On the way home from the school walk, we swung by the playground so the girls could run amok for a few minutes; and instead of taking shelter in the nearby shade like I wanted to (it’s been blazing hot lately!), I joined them for some “fun” of my own with some step-ups and plyo push-ups and pull-ups. This only added a few extra minutes to our routine but it was fun and beneficial to us all. We definitely got sweaty but thank goodness the sprinklers were on for us to run through on the way home!
Then later at the pool, I did some more of the pool exercises that I’ve been so fond of lately.
I acknowledge that not all busy days easily allow for even a quick RAF. BUT, since I’ve been focused on them more, I’m finding that they’re not as hard to incorporate as you’d think.
In this crazy life that we ping pong around in, we often have to get creative and non-traditional in our approach to getting things done. Well, this includes fitness as well! Start thinking more “outside the box.”
Start thinking “randomly!”