How to Sneak Exercise into Your Daily Routine
Setting aside time for exercise is one of the biggest challenges in today’s hurly-burly world, but it’s a challenge you can conquer. A few creative moves and slight schedule changes can help you sneak exercise into your daily routine, keeping you fit, fabulous – and with enough time to still meet your usual array of responsibilities.
Transform your lunch break into a mini-workout break.
Brown bag your lunch to work and eat at your desk. Then use your official lunch break as exercise time. Take a pleasure walk around an interesting neighborhood when it’s sunny, a nearby museum or mall when the weather’s foul. Pick a lineup of errands near each other and power walk as you complete them.
Find perky pockets of activity.
A little sleuthing can help you uncover ways to add exercise at various points throughout the day.
- • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- • Park your car at the back end of the lot instead of near the front entrance.
- • Bike to work when weather is nice.
- • Get off the bus or subway a stop or two early, hoofing it the rest of the way to your final destination.
- • Hand-deliver messages to coworkers across the office or building instead of relying on emails and phone calls.
- • Walk around instead of sitting while chatting on a wireless phone.
- • Sneak in a mini-abs workout when standing in lines, flexing your abdominal muscles for 10 seconds, releasing, and repeating 10 times.
Power up your regular chores.
Vacuuming, dusting, mopping, raking leaves or mowing the lawn – all these activities can add up to some spectacular exercise. Instead of performing each task in a slow and methodical manner, do them carefully yet vigorously. Boost the calorie burn even further by flipping on some fast-paced music and dancing while you work.
Turn family time into physical activity time.
Nothing says families bond best while lying around the TV. Choose outdoor excursions or other adventures that get the whole family up and moving. Ideas include a brisk walk around the neighborhood, a bike ride through the park or even a running game of hide-and-seek or tag.
A little creative thinking can go a long way toward incorporating exercise into your daily routine. Just keep your mind motivated and your eyes open for sneaky opportunities throughout your day.