Useful Inefficiency

Walking in placeThere exists in this life an infallible way to be physically active. Integrate exercise into something you would do anyway, especially if it's something you can't get out of doing.

  • If you're employed, you have to get to work anyway, don't you? If your place of business is close enough to where you live, ride a bicycle, walk, or run.
  • Make more than one trip when you move a bunch of stuff from one place to another.
  • Take the steps instead of the elevator, especially if you're only going one floor up. Every extra movement counts.
  • Wiggle your foot while you work at your computer.
  • Take the long way around the kitchen while you prepare meals.
  • Walk from one side of the bed to the other as you draw up the sheets.

Integrated exercise works just fine once you get into the habit, but it does present a challenge, especially for those afflicted by ingrained haste (I'm In a Hurry . . .).

Integrated exercise also violates the principles of efficient people, so sometimes requires an attitude adjustment. Make two trips when you could accomplish the same thing with one? Weave extra steps into a path you normally walk? These things take extra time!

Indeed they do.

Consider, therefore, your deepest desire to have this body:

No? Perhaps you simply want a healthier body. Either way, the attitude adjustment you need to make to get there has this at its foundation: Nothing changes if nothing changes.

So integrated exercise takes time, but if you're going to get where you want to be, something has to change. Anyway, integrated exercise takes less time than combing through your busy schedule to find time to change clothes and drive to the gym, or clearing out the family room so you can do a work-out DVD, or sitting around feeling guilty because you're not getting enough exercise.

I'd like to think I'm the only one who ever implemented a regimen of integrated exercise, but it turns out somebody else envisions it too and wrote a book about it. 

The best part of integrated exercise is that you do it in a way that works for you—as little or as much as you want to do. Remember, every movement counts.