11 Ways to Get Exercise While Just Going About Your Day
Don't stare at yourself in the mirror while brushing your teeth. Instead, try holding a deep squat (with hip joints bent at knee level and knees directly above the ankles) to strengthen core and glute muscles without adding time to morning prep.
Using good posture when seated is a free and effective way to get into shape. Sitting up straight helps strengthen the spine and supporting muscles. Use time spent in the car to focus on posture, then choose a distant parking spot to add some cardio.
Don't take the elevator! Instead, walking up to the fifth floor is a cardio challenge that can even save time, depending on the length of the wait for the elevator. For those who live in a multi-story home, using the bathroom on the floor above or below is another way to painlessly add exercise to the day.
Ask co-workers or associates to meet while walking around the block. It's a practice advocated by Steve Jobs, Winston Churchill, and some U.S. presidents to free the mind. Consider walking during phone calls lasting more than a few minutes. It burns calories and offers a creativity boost, too.
While waiting for a pot to boil or stove to preheat, try some standing pushups against the kitchen counter. Push in and out against the counter to tone arms and shoulders while keeping an eye on the stovetop.
Whether scrubbing the tub or tending the garden, turn on some favorite music, put on stretchy clothing, and start dancing. Feel the rhythm while dusting, vacuuming, washing, and picking up clutter. An hour of mopping is worth 170 calories for a 150-pound person, according to Calorie Lab, and vigorously tackling several cleaning tasks for the same period eats up 204 calories.