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              15 Ways to Build Exercise into                     Your Daily Routine

15 Ways to Build Exercise into Your Daily Routine

Yes, we know that we all need to get at least 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 times a week. And a good hour at the gym or in your favorite fitness class is fantastic. But some days it’s hard to fit that in and even if you are sticking to a regular fitness routine, it’s still a good idea to build moderate exercise into your daily lifestyle. The healthiest people on earth actually don’t engage in strenuous exercise for long periods of time, they simply build movement into their daily routine. Here are some ways that I like to keep my body moving.

At Home

  • Do squats while washing dishes, filling up water bottles, or anywhere you can!

  • Squeeze in a 10 to 20 minute exercise routine from YouTube

  • Sit on the balance ball and do leg lifts and crunches while you watch TV or between folding laundry

  • DANCE while you sweep and mop- forget about how funny you look and have fun with it!

  • Go for a 10-minute walk in your neighborhood

  • Do leg lifts and arm circles while you’re laying in bed. I do this as soon as I wake up in the morning to get moving!


At Work

  • If you sit at a computer- set a timer to get out of your chair every 30 minutes

  • Work it at your desk - tighten your core as you twist from side to side in your chair, do leg lifts or arm circles

  • Try a standing desk converter so that you can move from sitting to standing

  • Use a balance ball to sit on and/or kneel at your desk

  • Take the stairs

  • Invite your colleagues to start a walking group before work


Out and about

  • Did you know you can even work out your abs while you drive?!!!

  • We’re conditioned to try to find the closest parking spot- let’s start finding the furthest spot from the store so we have to walk

  • If your destination is close enough, ride your bike or walk instead of driving


What do you do to incorporate more movement into your daily routine?



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