For many of us, finding the time to exercise might be challenging.
And while scheduling in traditional blocks of time for strength training and cardio is essential for your health, you can still manage to get more movement into your day without taking too much extra time to do it.
Consider these tips to add some “extra-cise” to your daily routine.
Take the stairs
Yes, you have heard this one a few too many times, but it stands as the top recommendation for a reason. Choosing the stairs over the elevator can help increase your heart rate, improve lower body strength and improve endurance. Skip the elevator whenever you can and take the stairs instead.
Walk and talk
The next time you have a lengthy phone call or a meeting by phone that doesn’t require any screen time, take your talk on the go. Even if the weather doesn’t allow you to go outside, walking around your house or office while on the phone can help you get those extra steps in.
Get on the ball
Swap your office chair for an exercise ball. It is a great way to get some core work in while also improving your posture. If you don’t work in an office, try sitting on one while watching TV. You can also incorporate some simple stretches for your hips and pelvis while in this position.
Netflix and move
Stretch, walk on a treadmill, use a stationary bike or do some simple bodyweight moves the next time you have 30 minutes to spare for TV. If you have the time to tune in, why not multitask and add movement?
Dance it out
Make it a game with your kids, or just move to the groove when completing daily household chores. Dancing can be a fun and simple way to burn calories and get your heart pumping.
Park far away
Instead of battling for the closest spot, take this opportunity to get a few minutes of extra walking in.
As small as these things seem, they will add up over time. 10 minutes of extra movement a day is more than an hour of exercise per week. A little bit every day can really go a long way. You may have heard these suggestions before but let’s check-in: are you really applying them? If not, start today.