NO COST WAYS TO KEEP YOURSELF MOVING THROUGHOUT THE DAY
Keeping yourself moving doesn’t have to involve finding large chunks of time in a day for a complicated exercise program. Little things can add up to big results. Here are a multitude of ways you can keep yourself moving throughout the day without having to make any major changes in your routine.
During the Work Day:
If you are still in the workforce – here are some ways to get yourself moving to, from and at work. Even if you work from home many of these can apply.
- Stand up to take phone calls.
- Go for a walk at lunch.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you work on a floor too high to climb to – walk up several flights and take the elevator the rest of the way.
- Instead of texting or emailing a coworker with a question – get up and walk down to their desk
- Commute by bike to work.
- If you’re really busy with work, stretch/exercise at your desk.
When you’re at home:
So many of our everyday activities can count as ways to keep ourselves moving. Thinking about them as being good for you instead of chores can bring a whole new attitude toward the activity. Plus there are ways to get the same benefits of going to the gym simply by using spare moments at home.
- Clean. (It totally counts as exercise.)
- Weed the garden or cut the grass
- Play with your pets.
- Dance around your house just for fun.
- Do a few sets of body weight exercises (squats, lunges, push-ups, etc.) any time you have an extra 5 or 10 minutes to spare, during commercial breaks while watching TV or in between episodes if you’re watching Netflix.
- Follow along with a television or YouTube exercise program: aerobics, weight training, or yoga. There are hundreds of possibilities to choose from – many of them are short and effective.
When you’re out and about:
Adding some simple little extras while you are out running errands can make a huge difference in the amount of exercise you get in a day.
- Walk or ride your bike to your destination whenever possible.
- Park your car as far away from the door as possible when running errands.
- If you use public transportation, ride standing up. And if you have the time, get off one or two stops early and walk the extra distance.
- At the mall or department store: take the stairs and skip escalators and elevators.
- Instead of always opting for sedentary plans, like going to the movies (which cost money) schedule more adventurous weekend activities like bike rides, park dates or easy day-hikes. They are all free and way more fun.