Whether you workout everyday, somedays, or never, there are plenty of opportunities to be more active throughout your day. In fact some studies have shown that you can get the same benefits from daily activity as you would from a structured workout program. That’s great news for us because it means we can stay fit without the sweat, strain and time commitment! The key is to turn the things you like to do, or already do, into fitness activities. It’s a win win! You stay fit and get things done at the same time!
Here are some simple ways you can add fitness to your day without a structured workout program.
Play with your kids
Chase them; race them; wrestle them; create an obstacle course that involves hopping, ducking, and crawling; play in the park or yard; and take long walks in the neighbourhood. The ideas are endless. The benefits of playing with your kids exceeds fitness. It provides great opportunities for bonding and educating. If you homeschool, try including lots physical activity in your program, and join in on the fun.
Clean with exaggeration
Add some umf and amplify the way you clean. You can dance as you mop, sweep with exaggeration to include more arm movements, vacuum the way you mow the loan by walking up and down the room, and march as you wash dishes. Be creative and have fun cleaning.
Tis’ the season
Fallen leaves, snow on the driveway, long grass, and the return of weeds are all part of nature and we just have to deal with it. Sure, we can leave it to the men of the household, but raking leaves, shovelling snow, mowing the loan, and pulling out weeds provide a fantastic balanced workout. You hit all areas of strength, cardio, endurance, and flexibility with all that pushing and pulling.
Walk every chance you get
You probably want to get to and from your destination in as little time as possible, but parking at a distance or getting off the bus a few stops early can really turn those extra 5 minutes into serious calories burned. And if you’re in a hurry, then thats more of a reason to power walk.
Skip, skip, skip to the loo
I know. The nursery rhyme is skip to my lou and has nothing to do with the toilet or skipping. But, regardless, skipping, hopping, jogging, or lunging as you maneuver around the house can really add a boost to your energy and keep you physically fit without too much effort.
Skip the elevator
So long as you’re not hauling groceries or a stroller, skip the elevator and take the stairs. But if the load is manageable, consider it weight training!
Just get off your seat and jump around
Throughout the day fit in some random bursts of exercise for about a minute or two. You can do some jumping jacks while you wait for your son to tie his shoes or race the timer on the microwave by running up and down the stairs. Some research actually point to the superiority of short bursts of intensity over long periods of moderate activity. They’re short and can be done anytime. So get off your seat and jump around!
Really the ideas are endless. We’d love to hear some more ideas from you.