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.

  • 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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