the hit list fitness tips for people who hate to sweat

If there is one thing I hate more than anything, it’s sweating.  Well, I also don’t like getting my photo taken.  (Imagining a sweaty photo session = my idea of hell.)

Yeah, I know…you gotta “break a sweat” and perspiring is the body’s way of cooling off and blah blah blah…

But I simply don’t like that feeling.

The damp stickiness.  Eyeliner running.  Pit stains.  Trickles running down my back.  YUCK.

Even “moisture-wicking” clothes don’t cut it for this wanna-be-cool-at-all-times lady.

That old statement about ladies glowing and not sweating?  Yeah, I wanna be that.

But there’s one problem with my no-perspiring conspiring: staying fit and trim…especially considering how I like to eat (ex: just polished off some malted milk balls).

So how on earth does a gourmand stay fit when she sits for a living and doesn’t want to get all hot ‘n bothered?  I sneak it in with wee habits.

Here are my favorite fast, friendly, stay fitness tips + rituals de lo habituals for people who hate to sweat:

Walking – I love to walk.  It’s low impact and enjoyable.  I take three mini-walks (about 20 minutes each) a day. This gives me about 10,000 steps.  (Yes, I wear a FitBit to keep track.)

Make everything inconvenient – Park in the spot furthest from the store.  Take stairs whenever possible.  This will force you to get in something.  One of my favorite tricks: we have a lot of stairs in our house so I purposely keep my tea upstairs.  Every time I grab a mug of tea between appointments, I’ve killed another set of stairs!  (I actually had a client get mad and insist I move my tea maker to the office floor because she was worried that this would cut into her time with me!)

Hatha yoga – I have been a yoga devotee for about 16 years.  I keeps me flexible and helps me to get my Zen right every day.  Even on busy days, I can sneak in some stretches here and there.  It’s not uncommon to see me stretching my hamstrings on the television stand!

Cleaning house – I know a lot of entrepreneurs who have housekeepers.  While the thought of getting out of scrubbing the floors is appealing, I have opted out of that whole notion because cleaning my home is great exercise.  Lame but true.  You can burn a lot of calories this way – so clean up your own damn  house!

Kettlebells – this is my newest fascination.  I love working with light weights but I started doing this new habit: every time I head upstairs, I stop and do ten kettlebell swings.  I doesn’t take long before I have at least 50 in!  Hello biceps!

So that’s it.  Look, I’ll never be Rhonda Rousey (damn girl!) at this level but at least I’m doing something for my body…with not a drop of sweat in sight.


Other stuff:

How women stayed fit in the 30’s and 40’s.  Machines!

And if you really hate sweating, there are electrified gloves.  Okay…that’s a bit far even for me.

Man buns at Disneyland.  Yes, there is such a thing.

There’s a formula for love.  Why am I annoyed by this article so much?

This is a tip I’m going to take: clean your list. Get rid of people who aren’t reading your stuff.

Wisdom: Annika Martin talks about the blessings of a shit show.

And I talk about the blessing in a bad tarot reading.

Lawmakers in Missouri think “immodest dress” is the cause of sexual harassment.  How about making the men take some responsibility here?

My favorite post of the week is from Tanya Geisler: The unconscious quality of judgment. And Motley Crüe.

Not sure if I agree with every point here: 40 things everyone should know about love by the time they are 20.

Another beautiful, thoughtful gem from Jen Louden: Learning to Say Goodbye.

I love this post from Tarot Broad: Because I could not stop for Death.

What’s a “workamper”?  That’s what I asked. This is their story. 

This is a GREAT post: These Boots Were Made For Stalking – When Women Harass Other Women Online.

Gala Darling wrote an amazing post about surviving a break up.  A must read for anyone who is moving on.

If you think your online world is too complicated, you may want to check out this book from Randi Zuckerberg: Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives

One of my all-time favorite yoga books: The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness

A great fitness book for women of all ages by Pamela Peeke: Body-for-LIFE for Women: A Woman’s Plan for Physical and Mental Transformation

A classic: Strong Women Stay Young

A wonderful book from Sarah Avant Stover: The Way of the Happy Woman: Living the Best Year of Your Life


What I’m Grateful For:

Being fairly fit

Strong joints

Hamsa pendants

My daughter’s Instagram photos of her European food-ventures



A car that runs beautifully

On my way to being debt-free


Soundtrack for 8/22/15: Till I Die by Machine Gun Kelly – I’m crushing on this guy.  When on earth will I ever stop being boy crazy???

Stay cool, cats!


© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2015

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