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How to Squeeze in More Exercise During the Day

By Lana Bandoim

When going to the gym every day is not an option, there are ways to squeeze in exercise during routine errands and activities. From parking far away at the store to climbing stairs at work, you can exercise in small chunks. Consider the following ideas to burn calories and stay in shape.  

Park Far Away

Instead of fighting over a parking spot closer to the store, park in the far end of the lot and walk. Turn shopping into a miniature workout by walking as much as possible from the parking lot to the store.

Climb the Stairs

When the choice is between the elevator and the stairs, it is better to pick the stairs. Of course, this does not apply to office buildings with more than five floors. You want an easy workout that does not ruin your suit with sweat.

Walk to the Nearest Restaurant

Forget driving to a restaurant or paying for a cab. If there is a restaurant within a block of work, consider walking to get lunch. It will eliminate the guilt of ordering extra cookies because you will burn calories by walking.  

Dance While Cooking

The kids may think you are weird, but dancing while cooking is an easy way to squeeze in more exercise during the day. Swivel your hips while getting ingredients from the fridge. Show off the best hip-hop moves while waiting for water to boil. Glide across the floor in socks while the food cools.

Use Commercials

During the commercials on TV, lift small weights or get up to walk around the room. Most 60-minute shows have at least 15 minutes of commercials, so there is a chance to squeeze in a lot of exercise. Between watching the latest drama or mocking another reality show, jog in place.

Consider Chores

Instead of dreading the weekly chores, consider turning them into workouts. Housework can burn calories and stop your mother-in-law from criticizing the messy living room. Spend one hour ironing clothes to burn about 100 calories. Mop the floors for an hour to burn an additional 200 calories.  

Follow a Workout Video

Short workout videos are easy to follow and better for your health than cat videos. The next time you have a spare five minutes, consider watching a simple yoga or stretching video and copy the instructor’s moves.

Short bursts of exercise can still burn calories. When the gym is too far away, add bite-size amounts of exercise throughout the day.    

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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