Everyone is trying to accomplish something big,
not realizing that life is made up of little things
Frank A Clark
Life is about the “little things”. Whenever someone is planning to improve their health they always get recommendations like ‘take the stairs, not the elevator’, but what other “little things” can we do to help us with our fitness goals? Here are a few of my favourites…
Anytime you do a mindless task try to keep moving. I like to dance in the shower or when washing the dishes. No one is going to see so you can bust out your goofy dance moves and at least get your blood pumping.
The microwave challenge
Try doing jumping jacks while you reheat your dinner. See how many you can do before that microwave beeps, and try to beat your own record. If jumping up and down before eating is not your style, try holding a squat position until your food is ready instead.
Choose the basket
If you’re going to the supermarket for a few things take up a basket and ditch the cart. A little heavy lifting won’t hurt. Further, tote your bags home by foot, if you live close enough, rather than taking the car.
Stand up for that call
Try standing up anytime you receive a phone call, especially if you’ve been sitting all day. You’ll burn more calories this way than if you were sitting and your body probably wouldn’t mind a good stretch. If the call and your cord is extra long you can try pacing as well.
Skip the car wash (if it’s legal)
I know in some parts of the world it’s not legal to wash your own car, but if you can, definitely fill up a bucket and do it yourself. All that stretching and polishing movement is sure to make you break a sweat, and maybe prepare you to be the next karate kid 🙂
I’m fortunate not to have a desk job but there are times that I have to sit and write all day. If you do sit at a desk most of the time, set a timer and every hour do some squats and stretches or take a walk down the hall or down the stairs for a minute. This also has the added benefit of staving off fatigue and cramps from being sedentary all day. Don’t forget to roll your eyes and stretch your neck, fingers and wrist as these parts have probably been working overtime.
That’s all I have now, but feel free to add any of your favourites in the comments below!