No Gym? No Problem! Add Exercise Into Your Daily Routine

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Although it’s becoming clear that the world is moving in a much needed, health-conscious direction, we are all still just as busy, if not busier than ever. Always moving from one place to another, keeping up with meeting times, appointments, and other scheduled engagements makes it near impossible to get to the gym. When we are lucky enough find the time, it still seems like a daunting task. Balanced nutrition is fantastic, but exercise, too, plays a crucial element in maintaining health and well-being for your body and mind.

So what do you do if you can’t get to the gym? Not to worry! There are plenty of ways to sneak physical activity into your day-to-day routine. Take a look at six of my favorites:

 

1.) Enjoy long walks in the parking lot: While the beach may be favorable for the long-walking scenario, start to fit long walks in the parking lot part of your morning and evening routine. Parking far away from your office building is going to provide a nice stroll that you wouldn’t have had otherwise. I’ll let you skip this one in the winter, but in the summer months there’s no excuse (unless you’re almost late).

2.) Climb to the top: Depending on how many flights you need to take to reach your final destination, this may be a better work out than you think. Taking the stairs is a great form of cardio and is great for your buns and thighs, too! So go ahead, become a stair master and climb your way to success!

3.) Be a mean, lean, cleaning machine: Have you been avoiding some household chores? Take this opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get cleaning. Putting a little elbow grease in and giving your house some TLC is going to benefit your body, too! When you’re done, you’ll also feel less stressed. Research has proven that people feel more relaxed in a clean, organized environment.

4.) Walk and chat: If you have phone calls you need to make, pace around your house instead of sitting in bed or on the couch. Some people do this already, but talking on the phone and pacing around is a mindless way to stay active when you’d otherwise be sitting like a bump on a log.

5.) Care for your hair and your health: Blow-drying your hair is a good time to add to add 10 or so minutes of exercise into your day. Do squats and/or side lunges while you dry to strengthen your buns and thighs and burn some extra calories.

6.) Get the look while you cook: There’s always a little downtime in the kitchen when you’re cooking a meal for yourself or your family. Use this time to get that toned look you’re trying to achieve. If you’re waiting to take something out of the oven or for a pot of water to boil, do some push-ups against the countertops.

 

These are only a handful of the easy ways you can add some fitness into your busy schedule. I would suggest investing in a pedometer, too. For those who like to see proof of what their efforts are achieving, a pedometer is going to give you a numeric sense of the extra activity you’re doing each day. Experts suggest setting a goal of 10,000 steps a day to help kick-start your weight-loss goals. So just because you don’t have time to get to the gym doesn’t mean your health and wellness goals are unattainable! Start adding extra movement into all your normal activities and you’ll be on your way to better physical health in no time.

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