Making everyday activities feel easier

The dog poo pickup

The dog poo pickup

One of the main reasons the exercise makes sense even for someone who has an active lifestyle is to make everyday activities feel easy.  It is tiring for grocery shopping, errands, travelling and taking care of yourself and your home to sap all of your energy and strength.

This blog series is to show clients what exercises they should be doing to make their everyday activities feel effortless.  The examples are from current Vintage Fitness personal training clients here in Toronto.  If you have something in your life that you need to train for drop me a note

  • The dog poo pickup
  • Putting luggage in the OH bin of an airplane
  • Getting up off the floor
  • Painting your toenails
  • Getting out of a deep sofa

The dog poo pickup Exercise

It takes balance and flexibility to bend down and pick something up off the floor and there is a right way and wrong way to do it.

  • Bend at the knees not the back
  • Take your time – if you have a low resting heart rate then sudden changes in position will make you feel dizzy
  • Tie your dog up or ask someone to hold her before your pick up the poo if you are in danger of tripping on the leash
  • Try these exercises to improve your balance and leg strength to make it easier to pick things off the floor

Seated Leg extension

  • Sit with a tall back
  • Don’t use a band to make it easier
  • Try 15 on either leg


Arm curl with a squat


  • You can do this exercise against the wall if you don’t have a ball
  • Take a big step away from the wall so your knees don’t go in front of your feet
  • Try 15 reps

Walk the Line

  • Do this beside a wall for safety
  • To make it harder turn your head from side to side or look up and down


Good Luck


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Vintage Fitness is an in home personal training company in Toronto, Canada.  We specialize in energizing the lives of people over 50 with exercise. 

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