It’s often hard to find time for exercise in the midst of our busy schedules, especially now that colder weather has settled in. But, there are small steps you can take to work toward your fitness goals and increase the amount of exercise you get in each day. Take a look at these easy, everyday fitness hacks that will burn those extra calories in no time:
We live in an age of convenience. We have elevators, buses, cars, and other ways to move from place to place with minimal movement on our part. So whether you’re at work or out shopping, keep these fitness hacks in mind: take the stairs and park further away. By taking the stairs, you’re not only burning calories, but also giving your legs and heart a good workout.
It’s not always convenient or safe to ride our bicycles or walk to where we need to go. So, if you must drive, park the further away from the entrance as you can while feeling safe and walk the extra distance. If you take the bus or subway, get off at the stop before and walk the extra distance to your destination.
When we’re at the office, it is easy to get consumed in tasks, and shoot a few quick emails or phone calls to our co-workers for a quick and easy answer. Instead, whenever you need something from a fellow employee, walk over to their work space. Not only will the extra steps add up, but it’s good to get up and moving throughout the work day.
Doing manual chores can really burn the calories and make you work up a sweat. For example, cleaning the bathroom can burn up to 200 calories. The next time you clean the house or run to the grocery, do whatever you can to do them by hand. So the next time you need a car wash, skip the automatic wash and wash it at home. When you head to the grocery to pick up a few items, skip the shopping cart and grab a hand basket instead. The added weight will help build strength in your arms as well as add to the cardio workout of walking through the store.