Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could wave a magic wand and suddenly become healthier, happier and fitter? There is no easy way to tone up or get slimmer, but by making a few changes in your life, you could burn a few extra calories and build up some stamina, so that everything feels a little easier.
Squat at Every Possible Opportunity
Ten squats while you brush your teeth, five more while you wait for the kettle to boil and maybe an extra twenty before bed? You don’t have to max out your muscles in those moments of passivity, but you’ll be surprised at how quickly your legs respond to these small actions over time.
Make slow, leisurely walks a thing of the past and watch your metabolism spike! Whether you are simply walking to the end of your garden, popping round to the shops or walking from your car to your workplace, pick up that pace!
Increase Your Distance
Speaking of walking, use every opportunity to do it more often. Park a little further away on the school run, leave the car at home for shorter journeys and get out to the shops instead of buying things online. Simple changes like this can soon add up.
Whenever you have the option between taking a lift, an escalator or the stairs, always opt for the stairs. Walking up the stairs works deep into the glutes and thighs and burns more calories than standing still. If you have stairs at home, try walking up and down twice every time you need to change floors.
Don’t Eat at your Desk
If you are guilty of nibbling on your sandwich while still sitting in front of your computer, make more of an effort to relocate. Not only does this give your brain a proper break, so that you are more productive on your return, it also gives you the opportunity to stretch out after a morning bent over the desk. Your body will appreciate the movement, even if it does only take you to the staff room!
Walk and Talk
If you are the kind of person that loves to talk on the phone, use these conversations as opportunities for movement. Go for a stroll while you talk – whether it is around your home, in your garden, or to the local park! The more you talk, the longer you will walk!
Always Choose a Basket
By picking up a basket while you shop, instead of selecting a trolley, you get a weight workout as you browse! The more food you pick up, the stronger your arm will become, which is the very best reason for over-indulging!
Never Waste a Counter
Waiting for dinner to cook? Why not try a few tricep dips on your kitchen counter? Perhaps you’d prefer some elevated push-ups. An empty wall makes a great location for a wall sit, while walking lunges make the most of a larger kitchen space. Five minutes of body weight exercises while your dinner simmers on the side ensures you are making the most of your time.
Working out doesn’t have to be a chore – it is easy to squeeze these simple suggestions into your day for a fitter life.