Is Housework Exercise? Review of The Stepford Wives and Clairobics

Housework: a Workout or Just Work?

Housework: a Workout or Just Work?
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How do you like housework? And remakes? And exercise?
Might as well kill all those birds with one stone, right?

So, this week's question is, "Can housework be a workout?"

The Stepford Wives think it's the only workout. And they've given it a name: Clairobics.

Does Housework Count as Exercise? Workout like a Stepford Wife!

Does Housework Count as Exercise? Workout like a Stepford Wife!




(STEPFORD WIVES RECAP: For those who aren't familiar, married women who moved to Stepford would change overnight a few months after arriving, becoming creepily over-smiley and submissive, conformist and housework-obsessed, among other things).

Find The Stepford Wives on Google Play, Netflix, Vudu or Amazon UK.

So in the spirit of good research, I watched both versions the other night to compare them - yay! 🙂
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Workout Review: Tammy’s Fitness Jammies!

Pajama Workout Review: Tammy's Fitness Jammies

What is Tammy's Fitness Jammies?

One of the nicer things about having a blog page on Facebook is that I get to see more of the interesting fitness-related things people are doing.

And one of the pages that caught my eye was for Tammy's Fitness Jammies.

It's literally a personal trainer called Tammy who makes workout videos in pyjamas (Tweet this! ) Here's her introduction video (Burpees!):

And here's the YouTube page.

The pyjama workouts prove you don't have to be in a high tech gym or buy a load of expensive sports equipment to get moving and improve your fitness. And I love them! (Did I give the review away already?)

Also apparently I've been in America long enough to recognise a Canadian accent now - because this is a good one and it's pretty cool 🙂

I wasn't sure I'd like Tammy's Fitness Jammies until I tried it. I'm not (at all!) a morning person. I rush around throwing clothes on and drinking as much coffee as I can before driving my oldest son to the school I really meant to be walking to.

But when I thought about the clothes I wear for the school run: sweatpants and the awesomely warm 'meh' hoodie from Thinkgeek; I realised that apart from looking like outdoor clothes, they weren't really that different from pyjamas.

And since each workout is only 3-5 minutes long, I decided to try one every morning this week. Here's how it worked out:

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How did Walking like a Hobbit work out for me?

The Hobbit: Map from AllPosters

The Hobbit: Map from AllPosters.com

How did Walking like a Hobbit work out for me?

I admit it: I really wanted my Hobbit diet week to work out. And it did! I mostly enjoyed the walking, managed five miles most days, and loved the bacon and mushroom sandwiches.

I'm not sure I'd have got to Mordor, but then they had more time, and Middle Earth to save, and Gollum. But with the road going ever on, I know I'd have made it 'There and Back Again' in the end 🙂

Beginning weight: 215lbs
Ending weight: 213.2lbs

A very nice week!
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They have nothing in common but mushrooms :)

Can't get out for a walk today? Perhaps hobbit week is the best week for bouncing around to Badger Badger Mushroom Mushroom!

Ok, at first glance it may not seem at all Tolkien-like, but hey, they like music, dancing and the countryside, so dancing badgers are probably good. And of course there are mushrooms 🙂

My 11 year old has great fun showing this to my toddler and now it's one of his favourite songs. Great. But at least it's made him eat his mushrooms this week!





Go on, have a bounce around...!
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Eat like a Hobbit, Walk like a Hobbit

Ever wished you could eat like a hobbit? (Tweet this!) Twitter

Eat like a Hobbit!

Eat like a Hobbit! Picture credit: Geekfestbr

This hobbit-inspired week is an experiment:

Can I get away with a bacon and mushroom sandwich for second breakfast (ok, lunch) every day if I walk far enough to get to Mordor and back?

What you'll need:

A pedometer, or smartphone app, that measures how far you walk each day.

I will be aiming to walk 5 miles a day, during the course of the whole day's activities, which for me is about 10,000 steps.



 

"Frodo now accepted the invitation gratefully, to the relief of Pippin and Sam. The sun was already behind the western hills, and the light was failing. Two of Maggot's sons and his three daughters came in, and a generous supper was laid on the large table. The kitchen was lit with candles and the fire was mended. Mrs Maggot bustled in and out. One or two other hobbits belonging to the farm-household came in. In a short while fourteen sat down to eat. There was beer in plenty, and a mighty dish of mushrooms and bacon, besides much other solid farmhouse fare. The dogs lay by the fire and gnawed rinds and cracked bones."

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

 
If you're still looking for inspiration, try these Hobbit collectibles for walkers.
Hobbit-themed snacks also feature strongly in the Harvard Lampoon spoof, 'Bored of the Rings' (Rutabaga tea, anyone?)

 

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