Over time, I've developed a real aversion to traditional strength training and cardio machines, also to rigidly defined workout schedules. I've taken on more of a "play all day" mindset where there are opportunities for movement throughout the day, and none of them flatten me. Go for a morning walk outside, play fetch with the dog, do a couple of random handstands, jump around in the ZGYM for 10 minutes, swing from my pull-up bar while waiting for a phone call, take a minutes to stretch my hamstrings and glutes, chase the dog, balance on one foot while waiting for the microwave, trot up and down stairs, practice a couple of pistol squats at work, foam roll my upper back after sitting at the computer. Somebody used the term "movement snacks" and I love that. What I've noticed is that if I do a 40 or 60 minute "real" workout, all of that fidgety fun stops. I don't want to move. I can't move. I'm sore, and tired, and cranky. Walking is the same way. If I were to go on a 5 mile power walk every morning. I don't think I'd want to do anything else. I'd want to spend the rest of the day lying on the couch eating food off my belly like an otter. If I move around slowly all day, I may travel the same distance, but it doesn't feel like it, not at all. It doesn't make me more tired or more hungry like a "workout" walk would. Plus, the distance naturally varies every day because I'm not pushing myself to hit a minimum. I'm going with how I feel and what the day brings.
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