(if I’m running something BAD is behind me!)
Last week I helped with Family Health & Fitness Night at the Child’s school.
It was a fun way to find out about elementary school PA (I’ve learned the hard way NOT to refer to it as PE. I guess it’s no longer EDUCATION but activity?).
It was also another experience of moms asking me: “How many hours a day do you workout?”
No matter how many times I’m asked that question it still blows my mind out (as the child sadly no longer says).
fitting in fitness. canine thinks I’m crazy.
Recently I’ve thought a lot about traditional fitness versus #wycwyc‘ing my way to health.
Of course I miss my more traditional routine.
I admit I’m ready for the days of gym membership and traditional workouts.
- Right now? That’s not a priority.
- Right now? PLAYouts and shifting passive into active is the name of the fitness-game here.
- Right now? I’m not training for competition (LIFE is my event!) & this approach both works and is enough.
it’s work. it’s fun! it’s a pre-dawn PLAYout!
That night, I explained to each woman who asked about my (finger quote) routine (unFQ):
I squeeze in movement where I can. I live each day with the backdrop of fitting fitness into my LIFEroutine.
Around here it’s as simple (once you shift your mindset) and easy (once you commit) as this:
I love Julie. I adore how she’s nailed me right down to the shoes.
For us all it’s as easy & simple as this.
No hours spent exercising.
Removing the pressure for “perfect workouts” of “ideal variety” and “looong length.”
For us all it’s as easy & simple as this.
Start. One lap around the room you’re currently in. Right now.
(Birkenstocks and green socks optional)
Vonnie saysMay 7, 2015 at 4:02 am
I love this, Carla.
Liz saysMay 7, 2015 at 4:18 am
I always worry this won’t be enough.
I want to lose 20 pounds and can’t figure out how long I do need to exercise each day??
CARLA saysMay 7, 2015 at 4:50 am
I know I say this all the damn time but I believe it from my core: just start. today. now. adding in some walking and movement and then go from there.
Try different things.
Find what you LOVE to do and wont ever wanna stop 🙂
More than anything, however, start.
Ash Diamond saysMay 7, 2015 at 4:37 am
A-M-E-N! I just had two people ask me how I fit in workouts etc. I was like if I have time to run outside or grab a class, awesome. Otherwise, there are things like Pinterest, DailyBurn and other things I can do at home on my own time. Today Bo and I squeezed in a 40 min video and tonight while watching TV I’ll do my 5 min body weight strength workout.
Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness saysMay 7, 2015 at 4:53 am
I love this Carla!
Olive saysMay 7, 2015 at 5:10 am
OMG!!!! Best picture ever, Carla.
AmyC saysMay 7, 2015 at 5:11 am
Training for life…Liferoutine. love!
Susan saysMay 7, 2015 at 5:11 am
I love this! I’ve been asked the same question when helping with school fitness events and have a similar response. You said it perfectly!
HealthyMama saysMay 7, 2015 at 5:25 am
I think we really make things too hard and that’s why I like the messaging on your site, Carla.
I used to compete in cycling, but I no longer do.
My fitness isn’t my job these days.
Meredith saysMay 7, 2015 at 5:39 am
I’ll comment after a lap…. DONE! Granted, it’s a small room, but WYCWYC!
Love that LIFE is your event (like that ‘what are you training for?’ someecard), and I try to be the same way, too. While I do enjoy fitness classes, in general, my REASON for moving and eating well and staying fit is singular: to be well–to be able to continue to do the things I want to do for myself. C’est tout. 🙂
Linz @ Itz Linz saysMay 7, 2015 at 6:05 am
HOURS?!?!!? #wycwyc!!!!! haha 10 minutes here… a few there….
Jennifer F saysMay 7, 2015 at 6:14 am
I stopped abiding by a workout schedule several years ago — now I just do what I feel like doing. Sometimes it’s a lot, sometimes it’s not 🙂
cherylann saysMay 7, 2015 at 6:17 am
Doing what you love in work and play …..living it since I was 16 and so glad I made the mind-switch wayyyyy back. It’s 4:15 (AM) and I am suiting up to ride my bike. Because I LOVE to AND I love to compete and win my AG in my next race! There is only NOW…
Michele @ paleorunningmomma saysMay 7, 2015 at 6:49 am
Love this 🙂 People also seem to think I run at least 10 miles every day or something. Being fit does not mean we’re superhuman or need to/should strive for that.
Susie @ SuzLyfe saysMay 7, 2015 at 7:22 am
That’s like asking how much cereal I eat a day.
However much I damn well feel like. Sometimes quite a bit, sometimes not. I do what I want, and I want to do what I do. Sometimes I have to push myself to be better to myself by eating/doing less and or more. Just depends on the day.
Dr. J saysMay 7, 2015 at 7:40 am
I like that comment about training for life! I’ve been that way for years.
Erin @ Erin's Inside Job saysMay 7, 2015 at 8:04 am
It’s hard for people to understand that there are different ways to be active and fit in a workout. Some days I love tough workouts and then others I like to sit on the couch. It’s all about maintaining a more-or-less active lifestyle for me.
KCLAnderson (Karen) saysMay 7, 2015 at 8:10 am
Love love love…
I’m grateful for #wycwyc because it truly has helped my “all or nothing” brain.
I have a standing appointment every month with someone who is on the third floor. I always take the stairs (up and down) and inevitably, there will be someone about to enter the elevator and they will hold the doors open for me. I say, “I’m taking the stairs” and every time, I get there before the elevator does.
Estelle saysMay 7, 2015 at 8:31 am
You are amazing and so dedicated. I try to workout 5 times a week.
Jody - Fit at 57 saysMay 7, 2015 at 8:31 am
I think it is great message! I do think though that people have to accept & understand it will take longer to lose the weight doing it this way & for some they may not be the results or look they want. You eta pretty dang clean & most don’t so for some, they may have yo accept that more time to lose it OR may have to find a way to add a little more time in or maybe do the traditional workouts a couple times a week if that works.
Rachel saysMay 7, 2015 at 9:01 am
I love YOUR honest response… and HER comfort and ease in asking you that question. Because, honestly, it would be something that *I* would ask too! :blush: I need to #wycwyc YOUR fitness routine (and eating routine) 🙂
Tamara saysMay 7, 2015 at 9:13 am
You know I’m with you on this! And training for life is training for a MARATHON not a spring 😉
Tamara saysMay 7, 2015 at 9:14 am
Not a *SPRINT* (apparently I be sprinting with my typing this morning…)
misszippy saysMay 7, 2015 at 9:18 am
At the end of the day, it’s training for life and health that matters…not the hours logged.
Sagan saysMay 7, 2015 at 9:25 am
It’s funny how it’s just such a completely different way of looking at the world. It just become the natural state of order to wycwyc fitness!
(she says from her standing desk ;))
That being said, FOR ME, I like a structured workout in my day as well. I like to fit in whatever movement I can – from the standing desk to walking to meet Mr. Science as he comes home from work every day – but I also get so much satisfaction from going to a structured, 45-minute gym class a few times each week.
Everybody just needs to find their own wycwyc version of fitness 🙂
mimi saysMay 7, 2015 at 10:31 am
Trying to set up a life where i just work out as i go through the day. It’s starting to sink in.
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table saysMay 7, 2015 at 11:15 am
I love this approach – I find myself doing more and more lately. It’s as easy a talking a lap around the neighborhood. And it’s a great sanity break in the middle of the work day!
Heather @ FITaspire saysMay 7, 2015 at 12:01 pm
I love your approach so much – hours are off-putting (I don’t spend hours in they gym & I have a bikini comp coming up). Do something!! That’s achevable & realistic for everyone.
Pamela Hernandez saysMay 7, 2015 at 12:40 pm
How about a dance break instead of a lap?
My clients ask me if I still have to work at all because I move so much during sessions. 🙂
Katrina saysMay 7, 2015 at 12:55 pm
Preach it girl!!!
Farrah saysMay 7, 2015 at 1:53 pm
My former workout schedule no longer works with my current life, so I’ve definitely had to make a whole ton of adjustments in order to still fit something in. I love this!
Terri saysMay 7, 2015 at 3:52 pm
Even as a part time zumba instructor I don’t feel like I workout enough. However, I make it a point to move around every two hours. For me, the key isn’t working out for a certain amount of hours. It’s about not staying seated for too long. So whenever I feel myself getting sluggish – which usually happens after two hours of sitting I get up and try to do some crunches, jog in place, etc.
Alissa saysMay 7, 2015 at 4:28 pm
I am finding that the best way for me to fit in fitness is simply finding ways to add movement in throughout my day. I am so glad that you have talked about this so much on your blog and podcast, etc. because it makes me feel like “I’m ok” and that I don’t need to try to fit in hours of working out each day. Thank you!
Haralee saysMay 7, 2015 at 4:31 pm
I love the pictures. The dog is great and you are inspirational!
Michelle @ Running with Attitude saysMay 7, 2015 at 6:20 pm
It really is all about training for life, isn’t it?!
Coco saysMay 7, 2015 at 8:04 pm
I’m more all or nothing. An hour of a hard workout, 10 hours of sitting on my a$$ at work.
Deborah saysMay 7, 2015 at 8:14 pm
I’m in my slippers and PJs (at 11.15am) and can’t do a lap… but I’ll walk to my kitchen to get some water!!
Love the practicality of your attitude!
GiGi Eats saysMay 8, 2015 at 1:22 am
JULIE CARTOONED ME TOO way back when! OMG she’s a GEM and a GENIUS too!
Oh and I am ONE ACTIVE chick! I have to say… I work out (like focused work out – in the gym, etc)… for about 2 – 3 hours a day… And well, the rest of the day, I am UP AND AT EM doing SOMETHING on my feet… Even if it’s standing in front of my computer 😉
jill conyers saysMay 8, 2015 at 4:48 am
Once I removed the expectation of perfection I accomplished so much more. Years of thinking perfectionism was a strength ugh!
As always a great read Carla.
JSellors saysMay 8, 2015 at 7:13 am
I think on a day l work out 1 to 1:30 hours a day…
The Yakama Yogini saysMay 8, 2015 at 11:57 am
Does chasing my kiddo around count? 😉
Great post, thank you so m uch for the inspiration!!
Jess @hellotofit saysMay 8, 2015 at 10:06 pm
Yes to the idea of training for life! Fitness is not exclusive to hours at the gym on a boring machine. It can be anything and everything!
Renee saysMay 9, 2015 at 6:01 am
I recently started working in an office. It’s crazy to me how little people move thoughout the day. I used to average around 13,000 steps a day now I’m down to 7,000 and that is with always taking the stairs and planning out short walks around the building thought the day. It makes me sad, and I’m really starting to think more about corporate wellness and the steps people need to be taking more each day for health.
Erin Kreitz Shirey saysMay 9, 2015 at 5:28 pm
Carla, I love this! I can relate and am asked this ….every day. When asked as I WALK to school, RUN to incorporate errands, BIKE to the park to play with the kids and everywhere else …it is a lifestyle. Mind you I do fit in traditional training daily, but why drive when you can Active Commute? I know my mind is less stressed on conference calls when walking, then when in my house looking at the dishes that need to be done.;) LOVE THE PICTURE! That is fantastic!!
1 Hour Athlete saysMay 10, 2015 at 2:19 pm
Great post, if only more people could find the joy in playing around then I’m sure many people would be much more active and happier! 🙂
Abby @ BackAtSquareZero saysMay 10, 2015 at 5:19 pm
That pictures is amazing.
I think WYCWYC is such an amazing movement lots of people are put off by hours at the gym.
Mike-Truelifefitness saysMay 12, 2015 at 12:02 pm
I walk :walk to. People just need to understand that fitness is apart of life and its a lifestyle
Venus @ The Venus Family saysMay 13, 2015 at 11:31 pm
I usually do an hour each day. I focus more on consistence.
Biz saysMay 20, 2015 at 11:01 am
Now that it’s just me after my husband died, I find I have much more ME time than I’ve ever had in 23 years. So I break it up!
I walk 20-30 minutes around my neighborhood in the morning, just to wake myself up.
I walk 45 minutes at lunch with my co-worker and we gab away the time and it goes by fast.
After work I head to the gym for 45-60 minutes for strength, stretching, and a bit more cardio – but I am home by 6:30 and we are usually eating around 7:00. I do love having my daughter and her boyfriend to cook for – I think I would have lost my cooking mojo if I were just cooking for me. 😀 Bonus, her boyfriend loves meat as much as I do!