I see many people asking about exercise. Exercise GOOD! But I've had to overcome a few problems. First, I am poor (teacher) in both money and time. So I am a Walmart Walker. At least three times a week I go to Walmart, Giant Eagle, Lowes — big stores! - and I walk the store. They are air conditioned in the summer, warm in the winter. Second, I prefer a store to the mall because of the shopping cart. I have neuropathy and use a cane. At the mall I gimp along but in a store I can use the cart to walk with good balance. (I put my walker in the basement). Third, I can't do walking trails because often you are alone — sometimes I get muscle spasms and so I need to walk where there are people and a place to sit down is reasonably close. Fourth, I walk the store once (about 3,000 steps/half and hour) and then wiz around and do my shopping saving time by combining shopping and walking.
So I am a Walmart Walker. Its not as fun as water aerobics and probably not as consistent as a treadmill but I just wanted to remind us all that we need to work past the excuses and solve problems with creativity and good heart.
We also started a Walk-the-Halls After school group. After school a small group of teachers walk the school from stem to stern - about 1/2 an hour. Whoever is able, walks that day. I also have a pedometer race with the math teacher every year. We total each week and go for the blue ribbon (hung on our door - the kids know and cheer us on).
I also use my Richard Simmons tape and do it sitting down sometimes when my feet are bad. Just lifting your hands above your head and moving everything you can is good for you!
Any other creative/unusual ideas to beat the excuses in exercise?