SNEAKY EXERCISE

What reduces anxiety and depression, lowers blood pressure, relieves arthritis pain, lowers the risk of osteoporosis, increases cardiovascular health, and reduces inflammation throughout your body?
Exercise.
Seriously.
It’s like a wonder drug without the drugs! Yet so many people just “don’t have time.” While I highly recommend you weigh the immense pros and cons and get thee to a boot camp, I know sometimes life gets crazy and you just don’t make it to the gym.

Here are a few tricks to sneak some exercise into your busy day:
Walking lunges. To the bus, to the train, to the car, on a lunch break, wherever you can squeeze them in. You might get some looks for this one, but people will get that you’re exercising and you’ll get your heart pumping.
Seated Hip Rolls – Stuck in a chair? That’s no excuse!Tighten your abs to engage your core then roll your hips forward and back again. Repeat 10 times, rest and start again.
Chair Sits – Still stuck in a chair? Set an alarm to get up and down 10-15 times every 1/2 hour.
Counter planks or push ups. If you’ve got a counter or a desk available, you can sneak in a few counter planks or pushups.
Stairs – this is an obvious one, but it’s worth mentioning. If your office building is more than one story, walk the stairs on at least one of your breaks. Ten minutes of stairs will definitely get that heart rate up.

Disclaimer: I’m not trying to tell you that you’re going to get your best body by taking the stairs and sneaking in a few Squats & planks. If you’re looking for real results, there’s no substitute for proper nutrition and a dedicated workout in your schedule, but on those days you just can’t get to the gym or want to do more, there are still ways to squeeze a little valuable exercise into your day. Try it out. Even a little exercise has some benefit for your body. Even better, make time and make a plan and move regularly!

Cedar McCrary

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