Let’s Do Nagara Workouts!

It’s a challenge to find the time to stay in shape when you’re running your own consultancy business.

In other posts, I suggested using a treadmill desk, or enrolling in a Baguazhang—or other martial arts—class. But if you just don’t have room for a treadmill desk, or you just don’t want the hassle and bother, and if martial arts just isn’t your cup of tea, then you might want to try “nagara workouts.”

Don’t worry. It’s nothing weird or fancy or exotic. It’s perfectly legal. You don’t need special clothing or equipment. All you need is yourself.

Nagara workout really just means exercising while doing something else. “Nagara” is a Japanese word for “while,” or “during,” as in, “doing one thing while doing something else.”

The Japanese are noted for their ability to use tight spaces efficiently. They’re also good at compressing time.

Here’s a link to a Youtube video showing ways to get some exercise without spending too much extra time. The video is in Japanese, but you don’t have to understand what they’re saying. Simply follow the moves.

Let’s exercise!

The first segment shows how you can strengthen your legs and tighten your butt while vacuuming. Just do some knee bends, shallow squats, and lunges. Just a few minutes a day will suffice. If you can, try 120 reps in the course of 10 to 15 minutes of vacuuming.

You can also exercise while mopping the floor with a rag. Crouch on your knees with your legs spread wide, while sweeping the floor in wide circles. Take large steps and do it slowly.

Try this unique form of multitasking. Your body and mind will thank you for it!

mcherylchow@gmail.com' About Cheryl Chow

Writer, Editor, Translator (Japanese/Chinese to English), specializing in Health and Fitness. Owner of My Cat is My Therapist site, exploring the health benefits of the human-animal bond.

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