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How to Get Fit Without Even Trying!
I’m not what you’d call an exercise person. I’ve had phases in the past but the best you’ll get out of me nowadays in terms of intentional exercise is the occasional trip to the local swimming baths or the odd (enforced) attempt at Just Dance on the Wii. The latter often leaves me feeling like I just completed the London Marathon with no prior training.
The recommended minimum amount of exercise for an adult is 30 minutes per day. If you’re like me and a bit of a lazybones, have a go at a few of the following; get those 30 minutes in, and give your fitness and health a little boost without having to really ‘feel the burn’ or splash out on a gym membership!
- Ditch the car. This may sound horribly unappealing at this time of year, but if you start using the bus you’ll save money and get some more walking done, to and from the stops each end.
- If you travel by bus, get off one stop earlier than you need to and walk. It’ll probably add 10 minutes onto your journey, but a 10 brisk minute walk burns off between 50-90 calories depending on your weight.
- If you drive, park your car further away from your destination than you usually would. Do this every time you park up.
- If you’re heading upstairs at work or when you’re out and about, take the stairs rather than the lift. Unless you’ve 20 flights to go up, it’ll take around the same amount of time, and you’ll have got your heart pumping.
- Use your lunch break wisely! Tempting as it is to sit and relax at lunchtime, why not go for a walk and clear your head ready for the afternoon? Fresh air and exercise will make you feel invigorated. Or if you must stay at your desk, why not do some desk-based exercises?
- If your office has water-coolers, why not head to another floor to use theirs instead? The same rule could apply to the loos or even borrowing a stapler!
- Spring clean! Housework – be it vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the bathroom or putting loads of washing in – naturally involves lots of movement. Mopping the floor burns around 238 kcals an hour; washing the car burns 343. Even washing up burns 171 kcals per hour, so get those gloves on and do the jobs you’d usually put off doing!
- Get yourself clean! Love a hot shower? Well, don’t rush your next one; showering can burn around 323 calories an hour. Don’t let yourself get prune-like though!
- Have a night out! Stick to low-calorie drinks to make the most of the fat-burning you’ll be doing, and get your dancing shoes on. Depending on what shapes you throw on the dancefloor, dancing burns around 260 calories an hour. So let your hair down, get your boogie on and have fun!
- This may sound a bit bonkers, and your colleagues may raise an eyebrow or two, but why not replace your desk chair with a fitness balance ball?! Make sure you practise first though; it wouldn’t sound very professional if you fell off your ball during an important phone call and I’m fairly sure a limb breaking wouldn’t sound great either!