Exercise struggles: The walking edition

ExerciseWho doesn’t have exercise struggles? I get that I need to do more walking. How in the hell am I supposed to get in 15,000 steps a day though? When we went to Disney World, I got about 14,000 steps a day in, but that took literally walking for 90% of my waking hours.

Exercise Struggles #1: Location

Since I work in the ‘burbs and not in a high-rise building, I would have to wander the streets to get a good workout in. The problem is that I can’t do this because most of the time the weather in Minnesota sucks ass. If I go outside, I’ll either freeze, soak, and/or get struck by lightning…or possibly pelted by hail.

Going to a store helps get me more movement in my day, but let’s be honest, do I really want to be tempted to spend more money? The answer is no.

So, I’m left to work out after work because there’s no damn way I’m getting up any earlier than I do now.

Exercise Struggles #2: Time

Honestly, I don’t want to spend more than 30 minutes on a workout. I will get so damn bored. And I do that now, I have a little foot pedaler thingy I bought on Amazon. While I watch TV or read, I pedal away for 30 minutes, but it doesn’t get me anywhere near the 15,000 steps a day.

I suppose I could do more extraneous housework like clean out a closet or drawer. But really, is that going to get me any kind of significant movement?

Exercise Struggles #3: Activity

My pedal exerciser (affiliate link)

What do other people do to get exercise? Do I need to join a gym and go work out at lunch? With only 60 minutes, I don’t think I’d be able to get much out of it. That leaves wandering around the mall, but aside from the temptation to spend factor, I also have to deal with people and we all know I don’t deal well with strangers in my proximity.

Maybe I should just start randomly wandering around my office. Can you imagine? It would probably make everyone feel uncomfortable. “Why is Amy roaming around in the office…again? Doesn’t she have work to do?”

Ok, yes, I could park my car a little further away, but that’s still not going to get me to that 15,000 step threshold. If I’m lucky, it’ll get me to 4,000.

I guess what I really need to do is just simply eat less. If only food wasn’t my anti-depressant, it would probably be easier. Another reason to exercise more is to give me something to do aside from eat.

The biggest challenge is getting more movement in at work. I can’t begin to figure out how to do that without seeming either creepy or unmotivated.

Any ideas would be much appreciated.

About Amy Ruiz Fritz

Wine drinker, LEGO minifigure enjoyer, movie watcher, furniture re-arranger, Nook reader, traveler, online shopper, aphorism collector, cheese lover, humor blogger?

2 thoughts on “Exercise struggles: The walking edition

  1. Moxie

    Based on this post and a couple others you’ve written, it sounds like you’re really going through it. Are you doing any lightbox therapy or counseling?

    1. Amy Ruiz Fritz Post author

      Blogging is my therapy! Social media just shows a small picture of me. I’m not posting all my thoughts. I just realized that don’t have panic attacks like I used to. The little bit of exercise I do get is probably helping that. Lightbox therapy seems weird to me. Unless I can somehow strap it to my car and make it not snow, I’m not sure how it would help. 🙂 I just need to travel somewhere sunny more often, especially in the winter. Plus, spring is here, so my stress over the winter weather will go away in a month or two when the threat of snow actually disappears.


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