Did you know there is a sneaky way to keep your body healthy and the pounds from creeping on?
It’s incidental exercise.
The exercise we get every day by just living life.
Incidental exercise in part of my healthy lifestyle. My kids tease me because I park at the farthest corner of the parking lot when I go shopping.
I walk on the spot during TV or movie watching. No one complains as long as I don’t block their view.
I stand more than I sit.
I purposely store things that I use daily in the basement.
I am convinced that these little lifestyle changes have helped me to keep the weight off.
Incorporate some of these ideas into your life. Little steps that make a difference!
Move while you wait. When cooking dinner and waiting for the water to boil walk around your home.
Wear a pedometer every day. Smartphones have one built right in! Plan to increase your daily steps. Set a daily goal.
Take the stairs. Whenever possible, take the stairs, up or down.
Park further away. Park at the far end of the parking lot and take your packages to the car yourself.
Stand more. Standing burns more calories than sitting!
Walk briskly. Walk like you are late for something!
Get outside. Shovel snow, mow the lawn, work in the garden, or wash the car by hand.
Go get it yourself. No personal servants allowed.
Store it downstairs. Purposely put frequently used items in the basement.
Phone calls. When talking on your phone pace around your home or office. Remember just 10 minutes makes a difference.
Stand and walk at children’s sporting events. Pace the sidelines during soccer, climb the stairs during swimming. If you don’t want to miss that amazing play then walk during halftime breaks.
Visit a co-workers office instead of calling or using email.
Compete. My friend bought her husband a pedometer too, so now they have a healthy competition every day.
I received a Fitbit for Christmas. I love the feature that vibrates and reminds me to get 250 steps each hour. (Oops, back in 5 minutes, it just reminded me that I’ve been sitting for too long.) I have met my 10,000 step goal most days. There is something about checking that number throughout the day and winning.
TODAY’S little STEP: Pick 3 tips to incorporate incidental exercise into your daily life. Every little step does make a difference.
I’d love to hear how you add incidental exercise into your life! What are you going to do today?
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