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ExerciseHow To Exercise & Put Away Groceries

How To Exercise & Put Away Groceries

Have you ever worked up a sweat when putting away groceries? It’s because there are a lot of movements involved in the process! Watch this video to see the different ways exercise is involved with sorting and storing your groceries. Remember to take breaks and do some deep breaths when you start to feel tired.

Warm-Up (0:40-5:00)

Deep Breathing. Before any type of exercise, be sure to take at least 5 deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose, then breathe out through your mouth.

Stretching. The whole process of putting away groceries involves plenty of movements. Take some time to stretch out your neck and shoulders so you are safe while performing the movements.

Sorting Groceries while Seated (5:00 - 10:00)

To maximize safety, all exercises with groceries will be done while seated. Before putting away your groceries, you have to sort them based on the location they will go. Your shoulders, arms, and core can get great exercise when you lift, rotate, and grab each grocery item. If you use your unaffected side for certain movements, give your affected side some weight input on your chair or table.

Moving Groceries to Kitchen (10:00 - 12:20)

The goal is to be safe while getting great exercise. If you are either standing or seated when moving groceries to the kitchen, keep in mind to lighten the load so you are safe. With lighter loads in each trip, you can give your heart some great exercise by making multiple trips from the table to the kitchen. Have a chair close by if you need to take a break between each kitchen trip.

Putting Away Groceries while Seated (12:20 - 20:05)

Putting groceries away while seated can help you save your energy while also getting important exercise. Use a stable chair and keep your feet flat on the floor. Your arms and core will get in movements from pulling the door open, grabbing grocery items, and lifting them up to set in the fridge. You’ll do similar grasping, bending, lifting, and reaching movements to put away your pantry groceries. If the pantry shelves are too high from a seated reach, simply place those items on the countertop for a caregiver or yourself to relocate later.

Cool Down: Deep Breathing & Stretching (20:05 - 21:39)

Deep Breathing. Now that your body has gone through those various movements to put away groceries, make some time to cool it down. Try out 2 to 3 deep breaths to relax your heart rate and fast breathing. Breathe in through your nose, then out through your mouth.

Stretching. It is as important to cool our muscles down as it is to warm them up. Wind down your body by repeating a couple of those neck and arm stretches from the beginning.

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