11 Ways to Sneak Exercise Into Your Day

1. Put your favorite walking shoes by the door at night so you'll see them first thing in the morning. They'll remind you that getting out there is a priority...

     

  • 1.

    Put your favorite walking shoes by the door

    at night so you’ll see them first thing in the morning. They’ll remind you that getting out there is a priority.

  • 2.

    Have a destination in mind.

    Going to the store, post office, newsstand, or coffee house makes walking seem more purposeful and time-worthy.

  • 3.

    Book walking time on your calendar.

    Once you’ve booked the time, post adhesive reminder notes on the fridge and doors to spur you on — a technique shown to work in studies.

  • 4.

    Enlist a friend to walk with you.

    If that’s not possible, to call and ask if you’ve walked. A sense of accountability is one of the best motivators for exercise.

  • 5.

    Find an article of clothing

    that fit when you weighed 10 percent less or a photo of yourself at the time. Place it on your dresser as an inspirational reminder of your goal.

  • 6.

    Running an errand nearby?

    Get on your feet instead of in the car.

  • 7.

    In airports, walk around the terminal?

    while waiting for your flight — and avoid the moving sidewalks.

  • 8.

    During TV commercials,

    walk in place, climb up and down the stairs, or take a spin around the perimeter of the house.

  • 9.

    Don't fight for parking.

    Avoid the aggravation of jockeying for a space close to the door and park farther away.

  • 10.

    Return your shopping cart

    to the front of the store instead of leaving it in the parking lot.

  • 11.

    Instead of using the drive-through,

    go inside.


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