Garfield's Challenge: Lose Convenience

Garfield and his kids, 8-year-old Trey, 3-year-old Jaslyn and 6-year-old Jude, take their bikes - instead of the car - to the store.

Garfield Wilson is the owner of a personal training company called Forward Fitness and one of the trainers from CBC's Village on a Diet. 

Have you been keeping up with Garfield? As an enthusiastic supporter of Live Right Now, he's challenged all Canadians to take a weekly Endurance Test! There's no point in a weekly test unless we're doing something in between to take our fitness to the next level, so Garfield has been offering weekly tips:

This week Garfield asks us to make life a little less convenient!

Our lives are inundated with convenience. 

From drive-thru coffee shops to voice-controlled cars, to smart phones and tablets that enable us to do almost anything without getting up from where we're sitting. 

There was a time, not so long ago, when each and every day we were either running after something because it was our dinner, or running away from something to avoid BEING dinner. From the beginning of time, our bodies were designed to move! So even though much of our work today may be sedentary, it does not mean that our entire lifestyle should be. 

Michelle and I recently took our kids on a mini vacation in Washington, and stayed at an all-inclusive indoor waterslide theme park with some other families. 

When we checked into our room there was a knock on the door, as one of the moms popped by to let us know where everyone was going to be gathering later. The interesting thing for me was that she was out of breath from taking the stairs up six flights. She wasn't dying, but it was definitely more challenging for her than she thought it would be. (Later that night she asked about personal training sessions.)

That experience inspired my challenge to you this week! Let go of some of our conveniences, and squeeze in activity wherever you can. For example:

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator or the escalator.
  • Walk to the store instead of driving your car.
  • Ride your bike to work instead of taking the bus.
  • Bike with the kids to school.
  • Park a little farther away from your office and walk part of the way.

These are just a few ideas to get you moving, and every little bit helps. Let me know what you've done to make your day a little less "convenient" this week. I'd love to hear some of your ideas.

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