Why is that you always manage to find time for everything during your day but no time for exercise? You make time to update your social media; you make time to watch television; you make time to have coffee with friends; you make time to have after work drinks with colleagues (which by the way very often continue to dinners and then more drinks after dinner).
Sound familiar? Well, if you really insist on not giving any of those things up to get some needed exercise that will benefit your health and make you look good, then try these 10 sneaky tricks to weave work out into your day – it’ll feel like they were all done with almost no effort at all.
1. Wash the car
Go on, it needs a good clean, anyway (and you can’t pick your friends up in a dirty car, right?). If you’ve got a van, then you’ll really work up a sweat. Make sure to switch hands when you’re scrubbing to get a good, even workout.
2. Stop pushing the shopping cart
Opt for a shopping basket rather than a shopping cart if you’re not planning a huge shop, and really work your upper body. If you really must use a cart, once you’ve bagged everything up, carry it back to the car by hand. Leave the shopping cart with the cashier!
3. Spring clean every other weekend
Yep, that’s right – bet you didn’t know a house can be horribly filled with dust in just 2 weeks. We’re not talking a regular dust ’n’ wipe here – we’re talking moving the furniture, scrubbing the walls and all that jazz. It’ll get your heart going, and you’ll be rewarded with a sparkling house!
4. See the sights
How well do you know your local area? Set aside a day with friends to walk around the local sights, as if you were tourists. You may be surprised how many calories you burn in a day spent scurrying around on your feet. And you get to chat away for as long as your legs can take it. If walking isn’t your thing, try a bicycle tour around the area.
5. Stairway to fitness
An oldie but a goldie: don’t even think about pressing that elevator button! Dragging yourself up the stairs might seem tough at first, but your fitness will step up in no time.
6. Have a break
Get into the habit of exercising whenever the TV show you’re watching hits an advert break. You can do crunches, run on the spot or even drop down into the plank position. Try to wait until your dinner goes down first, though. If you’re up for it, do planks while watching your tv shows – you won’t believe the hard core you would’ve built just after one week.
7. Your mother is right – Sit up straight, don’t slouch
If you work in an office, the chances are your posture will suffer as a result of hours sitting at a desk. Use your upper back, shoulders and abdominal muscles to maintain a good posture and try squeezing an air-disc between your thighs to work your adductors. Better still, sit on a Swiss ball.
8. Get in a fix
Burn those calories by getting stuck into some DIY around the house. Sanding walls, tiling floors and building cabinets all require serious strength, ladies.
9. Squeeze those abs
Stuck in traffic yet again? Don’t sit and stress: work your pelvic floor. You can even do it on the bus, but try not to scare the people around you!
10. Be a green goddess
Do you always duck out of cutting the lawn? Heaving a mower, especially a push mover around is a great workout for your core, legs and arms – and is a major calorie burner. With a push mover, it forces you to rake and collect the cut grass.