Although most of us have the best intentions, sometimes our lives are so crazy that we just can’t find the time to get to the gym for a regular workout. We know that we need the exercise and that it’s good for our health and fitness, but finding the extra time to drive to the gym, work out and then shower just seems like too much effort on most days. So, here are a few things you can do every day to increase your exercise and burn a few calories along the way.

  1. Step It Up – Take the stairs rather than the elevator or escalator. This works almost anywhere you live, work or shop. If you live or work near the top of a high rise building, consider getting off the elevator a few floors early and walk the rest of the way. Take the stairs whenever you can. Even while you are shopping, you can choose to walk rather than ride the escalator. You may feel winded at first, but keep going and you’ll be amazed how quickly you build the stamina.
  2. Park and Walk – Rather than grabbing that front row parking spot at the mall or grocery store, choose one at the far end of the parking lot and walk. This may require a little extra time on your part, but it is a small price to pay for a little bit of exercise. Just make sure the parking lot is a safe environment and well lit if you are walking at night.
  3. Dance Your Chores Away – Put on some music while you are dusting, raking leaves or doing any other chores around the house or office. Put some extra moves into your daily chores and you will burn some bonus calories! The music will help brighten your mood and the extra dance moves may make your work a little more fun while giving you the added benefit of fitness.
  4. Walk or Bike To Work – If you live close enough to work, walking or riding your bike to and from work is a great form of exercise. If your commute is too long, take the bus and get off a few stops early so you can walk a few blocks. If you drive to work, park down the street from your building and walk a few extra blocks to get your body moving and ready for the full day ahead!
  5. Make The Most Of Lunch Break – If you have an hour for lunch, take 30-45 minutes of it to take a brisk walk or play a game of racquetball with a co-worker. If you walk, you can even incorporate some light hand weights into your routine.

You don’t need to spend your life in a gym in order to get exercise. You can get in a little bit of exercise with almost everything you do in your day-to-day life. You just need to pick up the pace and think before you step into the elevator or grab that front row parking spot. Your health is worth the few extra minutes and steps you will take. Your body will thank you for it!