Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sneaky Ways to Add Exercise Into Your Day

When it comes to exercise, every little bit counts. So finding ways to add extra activity into your day can really add up! All of the extra calories you burn mean the more pounds you will lose.

Step it up.
Instead of using the elevator to go up four flights of stairs (or even one!), take the stairs instead. Climbing stairs is a great workout, especially for your butt!

Take the farthest parking spot.
Instead of going on the prowl for the closest parking spot, grab the spot furthest away. You will burn extra calories walking to and from your destination. Unless it's raining and you forgot your umbrella, maybe then you can make an exception.

Lunch break walk.
Have a quick lunch at work and use your extra time to take a walk. You can get some fresh air and burn extra calories. Also, that walk can increase your productivity at work.

Pace while you talk.
Instead of plopping down on the couch while you are on the phone, walk around your house.

Set down your car keys.
Instead of driving down the street, walk to your destination. Help the planet and yourself!

Carry your groceries.
Instead of using the cart to carry a couple bags of groceries to your car, carry them instead for an upper body workout.

Get busy.Yes, having sex burns a ton of calories! It is a workout for two and it is good for your relationship.

Work your workout into family time.
Instead of watching a movie for family time, choose to do something more active. Go for a walk, ride bikes, play a sport or go to the park. It's exercise for the whole family.

Shake up cleaning day.
Cleaning burns a lot of calories, but if you dance while you clean you can burn even more. Plus, it is more fun!

Squeeze please.
While standing or sitting you can squeeze you gluteus maximus (butt muscles). These isometric exercises will get your tush toned just in time for swimsuit season. Squeeze and hold for a couple seconds, release, then repeat.

Commercial break tone-up.
Instead of going to the kitchen during a commercial break, do crunches or push-ups. You save calories on snacks and you burn more with exercise. If you are really determined, work out during the entire show.

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