This post was sponsored by lucy through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about lucy, all opinions are my own.
Why spend $30 on a trendy spinning class when you can just borrow the neighbor’s kids? Why go to the gym when you have a living room full of furniture waiting to be carried down the stairs? I was asked to write a post on being active, and I decided to take it in a slightly humorous direction and talk about all those activities that seem 10x more physically draining than an actual workout.
This post comes alongside lucy’s This Is for You contest, which is running through December 16th and giving you the weekly opportunity to win a year of housecleaning, babysitting or meal delivery. This is for you. The ones who have it all…on your to-do list.
Activities More Physically Exhausting than Working Out
Babysitting/Playing with Kids
I can teach six fitness classes in a day and then go do my own hour-long workout and still have more energy left in me than I do after spending an afternoon with young children. Those things never stop moving! And don’t even get me started on the male ones. Jumping on you, running in circles, climbing on things, wrestling your legs—spending time with children is like competing on American Ninja Warrior.
Next time someone asked me about what I do to stay fit, I’m just going to tell them I’ve moved seven times since 2010. It’s not just that what you’re carrying is heavy; it’s that it’s awkwardly shaped and hard to hold and maneuver through doorways.
Removing Stickers/Decals from Car Windows
Go ahead and laugh, but I recently had to scrape off my old resident parking sticker and 45 minutes later…drenched in sweat and convinced I had carpal tunnel syndrome. It took a razor blade, a couple chipped fingernails, steel wool, soap, water, lemon essential oil (great for removing sticker goo), and all the upper body strength I had to get a 3” piece of paper off my car.
Going to Ikea
Nothing makes me need a nap like a trip to Ikea. Even if you’re just running in to grab a welcome mat, it takes a minimum of 7 hours to navigate the maze and get through the other end of the store. Then you have to schlep all your boxes of plastic pieces onto your cart and into your car. Then you have to assemble those plastic pieces into furniture. One time I brought the dog I was petsitting to Ikea. So if you’re wondering what Hell is like, there you have it.
WEARING | pullover & yoga pants c/o lucy
Your turn! What activities make you feel like you just ran a marathon after completing eight consecutive CrossFit workouts?