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Alternative keep-fit ideas. Not what I’d expected!

Written by Fiona November 08 2011

Two weekends of celebrations and DIY – and much less outdoor activities than normal – have got me thinking about a range of alternative keep-fit possibilities. You see, after a full day of shopping, a Greek wedding, a charity fundraising party and a spot of DIY, I have suffered sore muscles in places that I didn’t realise could still become sore. It seems clear to me now that while I keep-fit by running, walking, cycling, spinning, swimming and doing Ashtanga yoga there are muscles that are not being given a proper workout. Otherwise, why would my calves, shins, hips, back and shoulders have felt so sore despite a reduction of “normal” fitness sessions over two weekends?

Shopping and dancing offer a great fitness work out

Shop til we dropped...

Shop til we dropped...

The answer is that shopping, partying and dancing offer an even great workout than I’d ever imagined. First, was the shopping. The G-Force and I were in London for a wedding so we headed to the new Stratford Shopping Centre for a bit of retail therapy. This is not something we would normally do but occasionally (like every decade) I need a new dress and party shoes! The walking, bag carrying, travelling etc left the pair of us shattered.

Next was a friend’s Greek wedding. Wow! I’d never realised how well the Greeks can party and this celebration really used up a lot of energy, especially our dancing muscles. Carrying heavy travel bags between train stations and hotels added to the muscle fatigue.

Just a week later, the G-Force and I danced the night away on Glasgow’s Renfrew Ferry at a charity gig bash in aid of the Fragile X Society. I can’t say that our dancing was stylish (not at all!) but we had a

Dancing benefits

Dancing benefits

huge amount of fun grooving to three great bands – and for days afterwards I felt as though I’d run a marathon. Sore leg muscles, hip flexors and upper arms were just a few of my complaints.

DIY way to a more toned you

Add to this a day of paint scraping, filling and ceiling painting at home and it’s no wonder that I have been feeling a little exhausted the past couple of days.

So while I would normally blog about doing lots of outdoor activities, I am now seeing a range of physical benefits to shopping, dancing and DIY-ing. I never imagined I’d ever write any of this!

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