Quick Exercises for Busy Lifestyles
We all know we need exercise to look and feel better. But it can be difficult (or seemingly impossible) to fit into a busy lifestyle. Here are some ways to get your body moving, no matter how hectic your schedule may be.
Move Around While You Talk On the Phone
Pick up the phone instead of texting or emailing, and move around while you talk. Pace back and forth, tidy up the room or walk around the block while you have a conversation.
When it’s time to clean your house, turn it into a workout. Vacuum vigorously, sweep faster and scrub harder. Move quickly to get the job done and raise your heart rate at the same time.
Get Off the Bus or Subway at an Earlier Stop
Get off one stop early and walk the remaining distance to your destination. Even for short distances, walking is a great exercise that can help you burn calories and reduce your stress levels.
Take the Stairs
Instead of waiting for the elevator, take the stairs a few floors up. This is a great way to burn calories and build muscle mass. It can also save you time.
Walk On Your Lunch Break
Instead of eating at your desk, walk to the nearest park and eat your lunch there. Stretch your legs again and enjoy some fresh air on the walk back.
Do Inner Thigh Exercises While Typing
When you are sitting at your desk typing away on your keyboard, do this exercise to tone your inner thighs:
- Hold a medicine ball between your knees.
- Squeeze your knees together hard for three seconds, then relax.
- Do 10 to 15 repetitions.
Run Your Errands
Instead of driving to the neighborhood store for a few items, put on some good shoes, and walk or run. You’ll get some exercise and accomplish your errand at the same time.
Do a 10-Minute Power Workout
With high-intensity interval training (HIIT), you can get as much benefit from a 10-minute workout as you can from a much longer exercise routine. This type of workout involves short bursts of exercising at full capacity, followed by periods of rest.
Tighten Your Abs In Traffic
While you are sitting at a traffic light:
- Inhale for three seconds and slowly expand your belly.
- Exhale for three seconds and tuck your tummy in toward your spine.
- Hold for three seconds.
- Do 10 to 15 reps (or until the light changes).
Workout Your Calves While Standing In Line
Do this simple exercise while waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store or waiting in line to get your coffee:
- Stand with your feet flat on the ground and slightly apart.
- Raise up slowly until you are standing on your toes.
- Hold for three to five seconds.
- Lower your feet and repeat 10 to 15 times (or until the line moves).
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