Grab a basket instead of a cart at the grocery store
Totsapon Phattaratharnwan/Shutterstock The next time you run in to grab a few things for dinner, grab a shopping basket instead of a cart. “Walking around the store carrying your groceries will help you build core and shoulder strength,” explains Marie V. Ande, a certified strength and conditioning specialist. And just think of all the money you’ll save by skipping unnecessary (and heavy!) impulse purchases.
Drop it like it’s hot
Tiko Aramyan/Shutterstock How many times a day do you bend down to pick something up off the floor, lift your child, pet a dog, tie your shoe, or put away something under the bed? Make the most of these impromptu squats by making sure you’ve got good form, says Richard Sullivan, a senior fitness specialist. When bending over, make sure to pull in your abdominals, tighten your core, and slightly arch your back without twisting. Or, instead of bending from the waist, squat down with your legs—you’ll get a mini core workout, and it will help protect you from throwing out your back.