Exercise, as we all know, is good for us. It keeps us healthy and fit. However, with work, school, families, and other obligations it’s hard to find time to fit a workout in as often as we’d like. Luckily, there are ways to stay in shape without hitting the gym for an hour each day. While none of these should replace your exercise routine, they can help on those days when a workout just isn’t going to happen.
1. Take the stairs
Walking up stairs is a great workout for your legs, and it can get your heart rate up. At work, try taking the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator.
2. Park far away
It’s almost second nature to look for the closest possible spot to the entrance of wherever we’re going, but it can help you burn a few extra calories if you park farther away. Bonus: if you’re carrying bags when you’re walking back to your car you’ll get some extra exercise in.
3. Get a yoga ball
Also called fitness balls or medicine balls, these big inflatable orbs are great substitutes for regular desk chairs. If you sit on one instead of a traditional office chair, you’ll engage your core. This balancing act doesn’t feel like work, but it’ll help you burn a few extra calories over the course of the day.
4. Bike to work
Or to wherever you’re heading. If you live close enough, bike to your destination. Biking is fun and safe if you wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road, and it’ll get your heart rate up, as well as work your legs.
5. Get the kids involved
For many people, the responsibilities that come with being a parent make it nearly impossible to find time to exercise. Promote a healthy lifestyle in your home and get in a workout by getting your kids involved. Play hopscotch or dance around and you’ll all be having fun (and getting fit).
6. Volunteer to do the heavy lifting
If you’re able to, help out with lifting heavier objects at work or at home. For instance, offer to fill the water cooler when it runs out, or carry the groceries into the house. Things like this might seem little, but they have a big impact if done often enough