10 ways to add more exercise to your life.
1. Do the parking lot hustle. Walking from the farthest corner of the parking lot will burn a few calories. If it's a parking garage, head for the roof and use the stairs.
2. Get off at the wrong stop - on purpose! If you take a bus or train, don't wait at the nearest stop. Walk to the next one. Or, at the end of your journey, get off a stop or two early and finish up on foot.
3. Surf the commute. During your bus or train trip, stand and try not to hold on to anything. Be sure you can grab onto something quickly in case you lose your balance or try a gentle hold. You'll improve your sense of balance and build up your "core" back and abdominal muscles.
4. Act like a kid. Adults shouldn't miss a chance to jump into the fray if kids are playing on a playground or splashing around in the water. Climbing on the jungle gym (be careful!) and swinging on a swing will strengthen muscles and bones and set a good example.
5. Put on your dancing shoes. Dancing can get your heart going and helps with balance. Dance classes tend to have lower dropout rates than gyms. Or just turn up the volume at home and boogie.
6. Clean house. Pull out that vacuum and get to it. Fifteen minutes burns around 80 calories. Wash some windows and do some dusting and you've got a pretty decent workout — and the cleanest house in the hood!
7. Stand up when you're on the phone. Breaking up long periods of sitting has metabolic benefits. Even standing for a minute or two can help.
8. Grow a garden. No matter how green the thumb, the digging, the planting, the weeding, and the picking will ramp up your activity level and exercise sundry muscles.
9. Climb to new heights. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator whenever you can. It's good for your legs and knees, and your cardiovascular health will benefit from the little bit of huffing and puffing.
10. Whatever works. When it comes to physical activity, the ends do justify the means. Find something that gets you moving — and keep on trucking!