How to get exercise without doing any exercise

I’ve started wearing my Fitbit again and yesterday, without doing any exercise at all, I managed to clock up 15,427 steps and 87 minutes of moderate activity in one day.


Now before you get all excited about the possibility of getting exercise while Netflix cruising on the sofa, let me explain what I mean. Yesterday my daughter had a Highland dance lesson in the morning and because we don’t own a car, we cycled there. While she’s having her lesson I walk down the road to the charity shop and look for bargains then walk back to pick her up. After the lesson we cycle further away from home to Newton Dee for lunch and groceries. Then we cycle home again. We’re home for about 1 to 2 hours before heading out for the kids’ swimming lesson. We don’t have a car so we walk to swimming and after the lesson we walk home again. Just doing our regular Saturday routine gives me over 15,000 steps. I didn’t have to go to the gym or to pilates or yoga or for a run or anything. I just went about my usual Saturday without having to make any special effort to fit exercise in. It just happened because we dispensed with our car and use our legs for transportation.

At the charity shop I bought a fab “Mary Poppins” weekend carpet bag for £8.



The label inside says it’s made in the UK and the brand is St Michael. I did a bit of internet searching and these were made by Marks and Spencer. I found one on eBay for £45. I think I got a bargain!