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?
Here are some great sights if you want to read more.
ways to boost incidental exercise
lazy girl fitness
fitness the easy way
small changes that take off the pounds
The kitchen is our new work out place! I’ve just learned a cool way to sneak in 5 to 10 minutes of exercise. It seems like we are always in there so let’s use some of the waiting and stirring time to tone some muscles!
We learned that even a stroll in the Mall is good exercise for a beginner.
Remember we included incidental exercise, like parking farther away and walking while talking on the phone.
This week we are adding some toning exercises!
Here are 5 toning exercises we can do while we are cooking dinner or cleaning up! Let the task be the reminder to do the exercise.
This is my busy, slightly messy kitchen
and me cooking dinner tonight and practicing what I preach!
Check-the-microwave tiptoe heel raises.
Stand in front of microwave with feet shoulder width apart. Raise heels as high as possible and hold for 1 second before slowly lowering down. Repeat for 1 minute to 2 minutes or until the food is reheated. This one is easy for me because I’m so short that I often have to stand on my tiptoes. Haha!
Stir-the-pot leg lifts.
Stand facing the stove and place one hand on the edge for support. Shift your weight to your right leg and slowly lift your left leg as high as you can, (usually about 45 degrees) before lowering again. Try not to let your foot touch the floor. Repeat 12 times on each side.
Take a medium sized ball or book and place it between your thighs above your knees. Stand straight with your feet together and really squeeze the ball with your thighs. Roll your thighs inwards and don’t let them shift forward. Hold for 1 second and repeat until the veggies are peeled. If a ball or a book feels too weird then squeeze your buttocks and thighs.
Position your hands on the counter at a distance slightly wider than your shoulders, then step your feet approximately two to three feet from the counter top. Tighten your stomach and straighten your spine so your body forms a straight line from your head to your feet. Inhale, bend your elbows and lower your chest toward the counter. Exhale, straighten your arms and return to the start position. Repeat 12 times.
If needed, hold onto the counter. Stand with feet shoulder width apart and knees and toes pointed forward. Bend your knees and gradually lower your body as if you are going to sit in a chair. Pause for 1 second and then push up from your heels and gradually return to standing. Repeat 12 times.
Remember our core verse! “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation.
Let’s not grow tired of doing the right thing!
All these little steps do make a difference!
Today’s little step: Add 5 minutes of toning exercises in the kitchen per day. With this addition of toning exercise our total exercise for Camp # 5 will be 25 minutes.
Resources used http://nanoworkout.com/category/kitchen-workout/ http://www.exercisemenu.com/250-rep-kitchen-workout-routine/ http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/counter-pushups-vs-knee-pushups-1620.html
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