11 Ways to Sneak in Exercise

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You know that a major part of achieving good health, mental clarity, stress reduction, better sleep, a smaller waist, and longevity is through activity, especially exercise. Not everyone loves to exercise, especially when that brings up images of people walking on a treadmill and going nowhere. So, we’ve come up with some great ideas on how to sneak in exercise in a more creative and fun way.

  1. Fidget – You can burn up to 350 extra calories a day just by toe-tapping, crossing and uncrossing your legs, moving around in your seat, walking while on the phone, or drumming on the table.
  2. Host a dinner party – Grocery shopping, cooking, setting the table, and serving it up will keep you on your feet for hours and have you burning an additional 300-600 calories. Enjoy the evening with a glass of champagne (110 calories for 5 oz.).
  3. Go window-shopping Hit the mall and check out the goods. You’re not obligated to buy anything, but you can make a mental wish list.
  4. Go to the amusement park or local fair Who knew that a day of standing in lines and walking around could burn up to 600 calories? Just don’t negate it with funnel cakes and deep fried candy bars.
  5. Grab some friends and hit the park for a game of pick-up basketball or flag football.
  6. Take a hike – When the weather is good, head for the hills to see the blooming flowers. A 2 hour hike can burn up to 500 calories. Don’t forget the water and sunscreen!
  7. Spring cleaning It’s that time of year to give the whole house a good cleaning, including the garage. This size of a project is best broken into more manageable chunks, so plan to do it over 1-2 weekends.
  8. Sign up for a 5K or 10K race Giving yourself a goal and training for it will really ramp up your calorie burn and loosen up those jeans!
  9. Try out a new exercise DVD There’s so many new fun kinds of exercises – kick boxing, turbo jam, boot camp, Zumba, pilates, yoga. You can buy them at places like Target and Wal-Mart or online at www.collagevideo.com, or go to your local public library to rent one.
  10. Break up your workout into a few “mini” workouts throughout the day Check out all of the great videos we have on our YouTube channel. Do one or two of them a day for 5-10 minutes each
  11. At the office, take a 5 minute walk at the top of every hour If you work a typical 8-hour day, that adds up to 40 minutes of exercise!

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