Really dislike exercise or just never have the time to squeeze it in? You’d be amazed at all the opportunities there are to add some exercise in your normal routine. I know I am always looking for easy ways to add mini workouts to my day.
First things first – Household chores are a great way to get up, get moving, and accomplish a lot. Vacuuming…one of my most disliked chores after folding laundry and washing dishes. When I started looking at vacuuming as a way to multitask (exercise and housecleaning), I actually do it more often. I turn on the music, pull out the Hoover and go at it! Okay, now bump it up a notch by adding leg weights and then pick up the pace. You’ll be sweating in no time and look at what you’ve accomplished.
While I wait for my bathtub to fill each morning, I do squats, pushups, or crunches depending on the day of the week and calf raises while brushing my teeth.
I park far away from the grocery store to benefit from a longer walk and then if I’m just picking up about ten items or less, I always use the basket for my items instead of pushing a cart.
Of course, always take the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator at the mall or at work.
While I watch my favorite show at night, I do jumping jacks or run in place during commercials.
I know, it certainly doesn’t take the place of a full-blown workout but on those days when there is not a specific 30 minutes or hour you can set aside, it’s a way to keep moving, burn calories and hey…if you can do all these things in one day, that adds up to 30 – 45 minutes.