Gameshow with a twist
istock/gpointstudio The only thing more fun that watching Jeopardy! or Wheel of Fortune, and owning your friends with your impressive knowledge of trivia and statistics is making your friends do funny things when they lose. Next time you’re playing along at home, work out with your friends by making a fitness “bet” on the game. Whoever get the right answer first gets to challenge the rest of the group to a round of push-ups, sit-ups, or a dash around the house. (Need more ideas? Try these 60-second workout ideas.) And make no mistake, those few minutes can add up to a good workout. Several bursts of high-intensity exercise lasting as little as two minutes can give you an all-day metabolic boost, according to a study done by the American Physiological Society.
Brunch al fresco
istock/PamelaJoeMcFarlane A decadent brunch is a weekend staple, but all those omelettes and mimosas can add up. (Make sure you’re skipping these 10 unhealthy brunch items!) Help your waistline and keep the conversation going by packing some of your favorite dishes (or getting them to go) and walking to a local park for a picnic. In addition to the extra calories you’ll burn getting there, simply being outside in nature has a host of health benefits. Just five minutes of walking outdoors can boost your mood, raise your immune system, and give you an overall sense of well-being, according to a study published in Environmental Science & Technology.