Let’s face it – sometimes, after a long day of work or running around after kids, you just don’t feel like working out. It’s human. But exercise is a critical part of keeping up a healthy lifestyle, so what do you do? Turns out there are plenty of simple ways to get in a little extra exercise throughout your daily routine – without having to buy expensive workout clothes or pay crazy gym fees. Here’s how to get more exercise into every day!
1. USE YOUR KITCHEN COUNTER FOR PUSH-UPS
Sound weird? It works. When you’re cooking dinner or even waiting for your lunch to microwave at the office, use the kitchen counter to squeeze in a few vertical push-ups. It might seem small, but if you do it consistently it adds up!
2. TAKE THE STAIRS DURING BREAKS
Elevators are a great invention. However, using them to go up one or two floors eliminates your chance to get in some serious cardio, especially if you work in an office and leave a few times a day for lunch or breaks. So skip the elevator next time…and the next time. Soon it’ll become a habit.
3. USE BAGS INSTEAD OF A SHOPPING CART
This one works if you’re not toting a kiddo. Next time you head to the store for a quick grocery run, carry them in bags in each hand instead of pushing a cart. It’ll give your arms a workout while getting an errand done. Win-win!
4. TURN YOUR COFFEE BREAK INTO A COFFEE WALK
Do you plan coffee breaks at work to gossip and catch up with coworkers – or maybe a weekly meetup with a few of your friends at Starbucks? Turn it into a walk instead. Since you’ll be having fun catching up it won’t even seem like exercise, and it’ll start to pay off fast.
5. PARK A LITTLE FARTHER AWAY
Seems simple, but it can make a big difference. Instead of parking as close to the store, office building or anywhere else you’re driving to, park a block or two away and use the distance to get some extra steps in.
6. ADD 10 MINUTES OF SIT-UPS AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE DAY
Sit-ups aren’t exactly…fun. But Adding 1o minutes in during your morning and evening routine can add up fast without seeming like a huge commitment. Get your roommate or significant other to do them with you!
Autor: Erin Hurley (takem from Love with Food).