One thing we will never do here at Polkadotsi is police your body! We think you're rad just as you are right now!
I've had people comment saying "Hey the Chloe, if you don't police people's bodies, aren't you telling them that being fat is OK"
And the answer is yes! We all have fat! and bodies come in all shapes and sizes! I am never, ever going to criticize someone for their appearance. Period.
There is a massive difference between fat-shaming and encouraging and supporting a healthy, body-loving lifestyle and one of major ideas we promote here at Polkadotsi is moving your body to stay as healthy as possible.
One of the most magnificent ways to love your body is to keep it in optimum health, with a healthy moderate diet, and regular exercise.
That's right, I said the E word.
That particular word used to strike fear into my heart as a young woman, because (and you may laugh at me here) I didn't figure out that the activities that I loved (rollerskating, lazer tag, and dancing) counted as exercise, and I truly believed that the only exercise that "counted" was what I did in the gym.
Yes, that's right folks - I overlooked some of the most enjoyable active parts of my life as "non-exercise" and completely discounted them.
So learn from my mistakes, and if you loathe the gym or the idea of an aerobics class is less appealing than licking the toe-jam from your flip-flops.... try THESE ideas.
- Lazer Tag - you can either buy a set, or go to a dedicated arena. Sweat it out with a gun. (Nerf guns are equally cool)
- Rollerblading/skating - this is an awesome full body workout as you have to engage pretty much all of your muscles to stay upright, and there's the whole cardio thing!
- Gardening - my grandmother's go- to workout was getting out in the garden and tending to her plants. You lift, you squat, you haul, you bend, you stretch.... bonus points if your "garden" is a little like mine, and a veritable jungle that needs clearing
- Housework - yes, pushing the hoover counts as a workout. This isn't fun for me at all, but whatever rings your bell.
- Golf! Have you ever tried? I'm useless, and golf involves a lot of walking for me.
- Children's playground... if you have kids that playground is just asking you to conquer the monkey bars. If you don't have kids, it's still beckoning!
- Chasing the incidentals - this is a game I play when I work in town. Chase the incidental opportunities to take the stairs, carry something heavy, push a trolley further, and get off the bus a few stops early. It's stuff I'd need to do anyway, but it all counts towards moving my body in a healthy way.
Bonus tip - if you have a dog, that dog needs a walk 🙂 Dogs are awesome exercise buddies!
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