Gym memberships are expensive, and scheduling a workout every day can feel time consuming. When you’ve got people to see and things to do, your health can fall to the wayside. Not anymore.
You don’t have to be a gym rat or cardio junkie to stay fit and active. Here are 10 so-simple ways to keep your blood pumping, muscles moving, and body happy.
- Walk your dog (or someone else’s): Firstly, dogs rock. So it’s a no brainer that taking Fido out for a brisk field trip around the neighborhood tops our list off. One look at the pure joy in his eyes and you’ll be trotting those 4 paws all over town. Experts believe dogs need anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours of exercise a day (depending on breed, size, and health) – so grab a leash and get moving.
- Opt for the stairs: Elevators are tempting and quicker than huffing it up a few flights – but your legs, and bum, will thank you for the extra push. Did you know: stairs burn more calories per minute than jogging? Add in a few bags of groceries and you’ve got a full-blown workout going.
- Clean your house: It probably needs some attention anyway. All the bending and reaching required to tidy up, and rid your home of those pesky dust bunnies, torches major calories. Plus, your space will be stress free and neat – double whammy!
- Help out with the yard work: Kill 2 birds with 1 stone: soak up some Vitamin D and torch calories while mowing, trimming, raking, landscaping, or gardening. Extra points for planting your own produce!
- Throw a dance party while you get ready (or anytime): Dancing burns anywhere from 5 to 10 calories a minute and it’s also a proven way to boost your mood. Toss on some tunes, throw your hair in a bun (or man bun), and let loose. Oh, and try not to get too embarrassed if you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror.
- Go for a hike: Climbing your way up cliffs, mountainsides and boulders is not only incredibly therapeutic, it incinerates calories and strengthens your legs and core. Don’t live in the Rockies? No problem. Hit some hills or explore your nearest bluffs.
- Take a stroll downtown: Activity doesn’t need to be intense in order to reap positive benefits. Grab your pals and head downtown for an afternoon of window-shopping and site seeing. You’d be surprised how good it feels to get some fresh air and move your feet.
- Schedule walking meetings: Coffee meetings are a thing of the past. Next time you need to chat with your boss, put on your walking shoes and hit the street, or hall, whatever works best. Ideas flow easier when your body is in motion and taking a break from desk time can be just what the both of you need.
- Hang around kids: Get in touch with your inner child. Ever notice how energetic children are? It’s like they run on nothing but sugar and gasoline. Spend an afternoon with your little cousins or babysitting the neighbor kids and you’ll be begging for nap-time.
- Stand, stretch, and move: Too tired to leave the house? That’s no excuse. While you’re binge watching your favorite Netflix series walk or jog in place, practice yoga, or simply stand up. It’s the little things that add up to big things.
What’s your favorite way to get moving?