The purpose of my posts last week about useful workouts was that I’m starting to be aware that we used to have to do far more manual labor. From a health stand point, this was a good thing, but there are obvious downfalls to it. I would never suggest that someone who hates cooking taking up kneading bread as an alternative to weight lifting, mainly because it wouldn’t last. What I would suggest, is adding things more activities that require muscle power into your life that you can enjoy.
I enjoy walking and kneading. Others may enjoy whittling, gardening or all sorts of other useful activities that require movement. My urban peers often complain about not having enough time, but I am always amazed at how many people I know that have the time to spend an hour at the gym a couple days a week. The only time that I truly understand it is Melissa‘s case, where the gym has free childcare and gives the parent time to themselves.
Our ancestors didn’t have to fit workout time in because they were doing physical activity all day, maybe we should learn something from that and try to incorporate more into our modern lives.
Other posts on old-fashioned workouts: