How to Squeeze in Some Exercise

by Broke Professional on October 21, 2011 · 10 comments

One of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions is to lose weight. Gym memberships increase, and workout clothes get sold, but by March, you see a decline. There’s a lack of motivation, you find yourself to be too busy, you’ll find a short cut, or maybe you’ll start that diet next week. Even with millions of people vowing to exercise more and eat out less, America still has millions of people suffering from obesity. While some may be due to genetics, most are due to lifestyle choices like remaining sedentary for the majority of the day. No more complaints about not finding time to exercise; here’s how to squeeze some in:

  • Walk your dog: If you have a dog, chances are they’re bored out of their minds! Watching TV and chasing your tail in the backyard may sound like a dog’s life, but dogs are still creatures of the wild. They like to get some exercise, and you need to get some exercise. Taking your dog for a walk gives you both awesome benefits. A brisk walk in the park will burn those calories, give you a boost of endorphins, and get you out the house.

A cute English bulldog. He would love to go for a walk with you!

Suri, An English Bulldog Pup

  • Take the stairs: When have you been somewhere where there’s an escalator or elevator and no stairs? There’s some places, but it’s rare. Choose to take the stairs this time. Your heart will certainly start pumping, and you may even find yourself breathing a little harder. Make a goal to take the stairs wherever you go.
  • Park farther: When you go shopping, have you noticed the spots close to the door are always taken? Make your life a lot easier by parking farther, where you’re guaranteed a parking spot, and some extra activity. Get moving! A few extra steps to the store may even allow you to rethink what you plan on buying, making your wallet happy too.
  • Clean up the house: I never realized how much work it is to clean a house until I got my own place. I now live in a two story townhouse with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. When I clean, I find myself sweating profusely. Going up and down the stairs with a basket of laundry was an obstacle. Scrubbing toilets, washing dishes, and vacuuming may seem easy but you’ll notice yourself panting a bit.
  • Do some outside work: If you have some landscaped work, you may have considered hiring a gardener. Do some of that work yourself. Cut your own lawn, plant your own flowers, wash down your own driveway. I always wondered my mom enjoyed doing outside work, and she said it was her way of staying fit.
  • Play with kids: You know who has seemingly never ending energy? Kids do! They always want to run, they constantly want to play, they’re interested in sports. If you have kids, have them be your inspiration to work out and play with them. It’s easy to buy a couple slowpitch bats from HomerunMonkey.com and hit the park for some softball. If you don’t have kids of your own, volunteer at a school or park and run with them. You’ll quickly find that you’re getting in some great exercise keeping up with children.
Exercise is about conquering your thoughts. No one is saying you have to run a marathon right out of bed. We’re not asking you to lift your body weight on a bench press or be a master yoga participant. A few decisions to get moving more will make a lot of difference.

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1 Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter October 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

Great tips Briana. I so many of these things to get in as much extra activity I can in a day since I have a desk job. When I have to hike up 7 flights of stairs to get to my car in the parkade, I know I am doing my body good.

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2 krantcents October 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Activity can be as simple as not sitting down. I learned this first hand. I am teaching where I am in constant motion and surprise I am losing inches. Burning calories can be done with a low sustained activity.

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3 retirebyforty October 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Many people do not realize that all the little activities add up. If you can sneak in a little activities every hours, you will be expending calories.

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4 Sher@fatguyskinnywallet.com October 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Great tips Briana! I am trying to do all the little things I can because sometimes the thought of working out as a whole can seem overwhelming.

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5 novel investor October 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Working out always sounds like too much … work. Living in a big city, having the opportunity to walk to the store, restaurants, friends home, errands is my idea of exercise. It’s not much but every little bit helps.

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6 191 Centavos October 22, 2011 at 10:08 am

Good ideas all. The trick is to say active and on your feet, whether it’s standing up while talking on the phone, or taking the stairs vs. the elevator. Gardening is about the only way I get my exercise days. That, and a short workout in the morning.

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7 SB @ One Cent At A Time October 23, 2011 at 10:06 pm

good advice Briana. I do stretching at work sitting in my cubicle. I also park car as far as possible from entrance. Every little bit helps

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8 Briana Myricks October 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Krant: You’re so right. I’m trying to stand and move a bit more, which is better than sitting or laying down.

RB40: I didn’t realize how much work it is just doing laundry until we got a 2 story townhouse. That works up a sweat for sure.

Sher: I know it’s a bit harder for you because of your condition, but even just taking a walk can help!

Novel Investor: LOL I hear ya. Working out does take a different kind of commitment, but if you walk everywhere, you’re getting more exercise than the average person.

191: Standing up and the stairs is a great way to keep from being sedentary. Gardening is great exercise. I wish I was into it.

SB: Thanks! I need to do more stretching. It’s something I love to do, but my dog thinks it means play time.

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