If you want to lose weight, you need to do three things. First, you need to workout! If you don’t love going to the gym, workout with me everyday with the MFit Membership. The second part of the equation is diet. You need to eat healthy food! The third and final part is something most people forget about… you have to stay active!
There is a reason studies show our bodies need to take 10,000 steps a day. You cannot expect to see major changes in your body if you only move for a few hours a week. You need to move all day everyday, and then you’ll feel even stronger those few hours a week you choose to workout.
Here are 10 easy ways to be more active throughout your typical day.
Take the stairs
Stairs or elevator? You could be lazy and take the elevator, or you could get a little extra butt-lifting cardio as you get to whatever floor you are going to.
Stand up more
Right now. Get off your couch or stand up from you desk. Read the rest of the blog post standing. Are you up yet?
Get a mini-ab workout in while seated for extended periods
This may sound so weird. But when I’m stuck in track, I squeeze and release my abs over and over to pass time. Clench your abs for a few seconds, release, and repeat! It’s a nice mini ab workout. You can do the same with your booty.
Park further away
Don’t drive around looking for the closest parking spot. Save some gas and get a longer walk in. This is especially a good idea if you are going to a place where you might be sitting for long periods of time, like work or a movie theater.
Or skip the drive and walk/run/bike to your location
Sounds like a good way to save the environment AND get some extra cardio in! Win-win!
Make static tasks active
Brushing your teeth is boring. Brushing your teeth while doing lunges is not boring, and it helps your butt look nice. New moms, I know you want to spend all of your time with your new little one. But you can still be active while you rock your baby to sleep. Don’t put a chair in your new baby’s room, instead walk around, or do some calf raises while he or she drifts off.
Do a little dance
While you are getting ready to go out for the night, blast some music and dance around.
What other ab workout is as fun as rolling on the floor laughing? I can’t think of one.
Do it yourself
I don’t mean DIY projects, although those normally keep you active too. What I mean is stop asking people to do stuff for you. When you are comfy on your couch and want your husband to get you a drink… Do it yourself! Carry all those groceries into your house ALONE. Have a messy home and considering hiring someone to clean it up? Do it yourself. Simply doing all these active tasks yourself will keep you up and moving.
Join a recreational sports league with some friends. Or don’t join a league at all and just go play soccer at a local park. Or considering making getting fit a competition with your peers. See who can walk more each day, have a push-up competition, see who can run faster. It makes fitness more fun!