Now that we are giving you some exercises to do on the go, the “I just dont have the time” excuse is out the door!
This quick and simple exercises will help keep your muscles working, oxygen flowing, blood circulating, and best of all – it tones your muscles. Of course, these “mini-cizes” shouldn’t completely replace a full workout, but they are great habits to build so that your constantly working out without even noticing it.
Did you know you can burn up to 500 calories per day just by fidgeting? It’s true!
– Squeeze that butt: Do it in the elevator, as you’re walking in the grocery store, and while you’re waiting in line at the bank. No one will know — and it’s so effective!
– Work those legs: Try doing leg lifts at your desk or squats while you brush your teeth at night. When your doing laundry or cleaning the house, try squating instead of bending down or standing on one leg while cleaning the top shelf.
– Add some steps to your day: Sneak in extra walking. Park your car far away from the store or take the stairs instead of the elevator at work. Every step counts!
– Tuck that tummy: If you’re relaxing in the living room in front of the TV, try lying on the floor or on a blanket and doing crunches. Make a deal with yourself that you’ll do them throughout each commercial break. And for times where you’re out and about, suck your tummy in for as long as you can, it’ll help tone your abs and flatten your stomach. Easy!
– Take a “dip” on the couch: Sit at the edge of the couch and place your palms down on each side of you. Move forward so that your body is off the couch, bend your elbows behind you, and lower your body toward the floor with your knees bent and feet together. Bend and extend your arms multiple times as you watch TV — you’ll lose that arm jiggle in no time!
– Stretch it out: Tension can build up quickly. Stretching encourages those tense muscles to relax and counteracts any tightness from poor posture and tired muscles.
– Get lean while you clean: Did you know that by doing household chores — carrying laundry upstairs, vacuuming, making your bed, dusting — you can burn up to 400 calories an hour? You’ve got to do these tasks anyway, so you might as well turn on some music and think of it as exercise!