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  • Lisa Kelly

Add Movement to Your Day

You might not be at a place where you are ready to commit to a workout 4-5 days a week. You might be just starting to think about adding fitness to your life. And that's ok! No matter where you are in the process, you are on the right path!

Any movement can help you get started on healthy habits if it's something you can stick with and it doesn't always have to mean a full-blown workout. These are some movements you can add into every day life secretly and get your body working!

Flex Your Core Anywhere, Anytime You can flex your core during just about any errand. If you're standing in line, stuck in traffic, doing the dishes or sitting in a meeting simply pull in your stomach muscles tight and hold for a count of 10 seconds, then release. Repeat this as often as you like and no one will even notice you doing it. Once you build up strength, you can try increasing the number of seconds you hold it for.

Bend and Stretch Your Legs If you're sitting down for a long period of time, give your body some movement by lifting one leg up and stretching it out. Keep alternating your legs one after the other to get some movement and stretching in while in a seated position.

Squat All Day A squat can be incorporated into so many daily tasks. If you're moving laundry from the dryer to the washer, squat in between each transfer. If you're doing the dishes, perform a squat every 10 seconds. This can also be added to commercial breaks on tv - squat until your show comes back on. It's a great movement and you can add variety to your squats -- try Squat Pulses, Ski Squats, Sumo Squats and Low Squat Walks,

Clean Your Teeth and Workout You should be brushing at least twice a day so what a great time to get some movement in! As you are brushing your teeth - depending on the space you have in the bathroom - add in a few moves. Examples could be torso rotations (engage your core and twist to one side and then the other), knee lifts (bring one knee up to your chest and then the other), side leg kicks (from your hips, swing one leg up to the side and then the other).

Bathroom Breaks Mean Workout Moments Start adding movement into every bathroom trip! Try 20 jumping jacks after washing your hands, 10 sink push-ups or jog in place for 20 seconds - or all three! If you do this for every trip, you'll be surprised at how many in total you've completed!

Small and subtle movements you add to your day equal up to a lot of extra movement at the end of the night so be creative and move your body in different ways no matter where you are or what you are doing!


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