Even if you don't have time for "real" exercise, there are lots of easy ways to build more activity into your daily life. Remember that being more active means burning more calories, which will help you maintain or lose weight. Try these ideas:
- Spend a part of your lunch time every day walking. A brisk 30-minute walk during work each day means you'll accumulate 2.5 hours of walking each week. Over a year, this adds up to an extra 130 hours of exercise, which burns around 30,000 to 35,000 calories! This could mean the difference between maintaining your weight and gaining a few extra pounds over the year.
- Whenever you can, skip the elevator or escalator and take the stairs. Your heart will thank you, and so will your legs and butt. Walking up the stairs burns energy and tones muscles - just 10 minutes of walking up stairs burns 90 calories. If you live or work in a high-rise building, give yourself a daily challenge. Get out of the elevator one floor earlier every week and build up to climbing the whole way to the top level.
- Get involved with your children's active play. Cycle with them, play tag, shoot hoops, anything you all enjoy and that keeps you moving.
- Do weights while you shop. No, we don't mean lugging dumbbells around. Simply choose a shopping basket over a shopping cart when you can, and you’ll automatically have a hand weight. As you shop and your grocery load builds up, your muscles will get a workout.