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Old 08-24-2007, 01:59 PM   #1
Ben Moskowitz
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Everyday Fitness

A while ago I had the realization that throughout my school career, I have always put on my backpack the same way, with the same arm first. I think I know why I can put one hand into that hard-to-reach spot in the middle of the back, whereas the other hand is farther off.
(I now try to make a conscious effort to do it the other way).

Today I was going to the bathroom and thought "what if I always went to the bathroom on a low toilet rather than a 'parallel' toilet?" I mean, half of Asia just hangs out in the low squat position, and more than likely goes to the bathroom on a small piece of pottery.

Has anyone else thought of everyday-type things to improve your fitness? GTG-style exercises/stretches don't qualify, even though they are really good and recommended.
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Old 08-24-2007, 02:43 PM   #2
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Re: Everyday Fitness


Actually I do think about those things too, my wife calls it "active living"...little things like taking the stairs whenever time allows, or jumping/bounding up the stairs. Carrying the groceries around and doing presses with the loads...

Gotta admit though, when you first talked about putting on a backpack and switching hands, and then started talking about going to the bathroom, my mind initially went down a completely different path.
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Old 08-25-2007, 05:36 AM   #3
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Re: Everyday Fitness

I'm definately much more conscience of functional everydayfitness movements than I was pre-CrossFit days. Driving my truck down the road the other day, I saw a guy lifting the back lid of his truck from shoulder height to above (and behind) his head. Looked like a push/shoulder press to me. I was almost tempted to rolled down the window and scream, "Dip .... Drive." Glad I didn't though lol.
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Old 08-25-2007, 06:52 AM   #4
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Re: Everyday Fitness

Yup, I carry as many grocery bags as I can on each trip from the car to the house. I do overhead presses with the laundry basket on the way up the stairs. I get a lot of upper body work scrubbing the pet stains out of the carpets.

I do not, however, do windows.

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Old 08-25-2007, 08:01 AM   #5
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Re: Everyday Fitness

I had heard some time ago, ( I believe the source was Dr. David Katz of Yale University,) the idea that stairways in office and apartment buildings should be well lit and nicely decorated, with artwork on the walls and nice music playing and that the elevators should be drab, (my expansion here,) with dirt and debris on the floor, an odor of beer/urine and poorly lit.

I have 7 year old sons. A few years ago, pressing the buttons in elevators was exciting entertainment. At this point, the novelty has mostly worn off and I always insist that we use the steps. I tell them that elevators should only be used by people who are unable to use the steps.
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Old 08-25-2007, 08:24 AM   #6
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Re: Everyday Fitness

I've been known to take my kettlebell on 'business' trips. Everyone else has this nice suitcase with wheels...and I'm carrying a 95 lb pack everywhere we go just because I can.
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Old 08-25-2007, 09:10 AM   #7
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Re: Everyday Fitness

More in the 'how controlled am I by habit and training' dept, might I suggest you brush your teeth and shave with the 'other' hand next time? Most of us are right/left dominant to a really unreal degree, something I learned early on with a broken wrist.

Reading your post made me realize that when I shoulder something heavy for a trip up the stairs (a couple times a day) I always use my right shoulder...

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Old 08-25-2007, 09:29 AM   #8
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Re: Everyday Fitness

Also, mount your toothbrush to a cable pull machine.


I've made an effort to become ambidextrous, but it's very hard...
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Old 08-25-2007, 06:58 PM   #9
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Re: Everyday Fitness

Originally Posted by Brandon Oto View Post
Also, mount your toothbrush to a cable pull machine.


I've made an effort to become ambidextrous, but it's very hard...

Man, I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous . . .
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Old 08-25-2007, 07:56 PM   #10
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I'm pretty sure I'm stealing a Jeff Foxworthy joke here, but if you want to see something funnny, watch a right handed man throw a baseball with his left. Or do it yourself. Just make sure no one's watching.
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