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6 ways to sneak in your exercise

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., July 9, 2009 - 4:36am

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Brierley asks: What are your tips and tricks for adding exercise to your day in unexpected ways?


Get more walking by parking at the outer edges of parking lots and walking in.
Stretch and bend by storing frequently used pots, pans, and dishes on the top shelf of your upper cabinets or on the lowest shelf of your base cabinets.


12/27/2009 - 8:49pm

1. Train your car to park at the far edges of any parking lot, not as close to the entrance as it can get.

pat chapin


01/21/2010 - 6:24pm

hang your clothes outside on a clothesline--this saves electric energy, but as you bend down to take clothes out the the laundry basket and then reach to hang them up on the line--you are bending and stretching!


03/06/2010 - 5:16pm

I keep a set of 8-lb. weights by desk for quick work outs in the office.


04/13/2010 - 12:51pm

I like this. :) I never really thought about taking the stairs... It's a good idea.


04/14/2010 - 5:11pm

Deep breathing exercises can strengthen your core and make more intense exercise easier. Also clenching your muscles during periods of inactivity can help just that little bit and can be done easily and subtly at your desk, in the movies, car or watching tv


04/15/2010 - 9:56pm

I clip on my pedometer once I get up in the morning and wear it all day long. I find that with it's help
I am holding myself accountable for each step I make during the day. Then, at night I remove it and
write down the total steps, miles and calories burned. It does work for me and gives me a measurable
sense of accomplishment. The only problem was I went through about 5 different pedometes before
finding one that was accurate. For the last 10 months, I take pride in walking over 5 miles a day..
every day. Most days I walk about 12-15,000 steps. I keep my weight in check daily.


04/18/2010 - 9:17am

This is nothing new but will serve as a reminder. When shopping, parkyour car the furthest distance from the store. Carry your groceries to the car if you can. The weight of the shopping bags and the walk will burn a few calories.


04/20/2010 - 9:58am

I use the "5 floors up" rule. Only use the elevator if you have to go up 5 floors. Down 5 or even 10 is easy to do on the stairs.


04/21/2010 - 4:34pm

Fortunately for me, I MUST walk every day at work. Even when it's not so busy, I make it a point to walk around the building and up and down the stairs. Sometimes I walk home, which is approximately 5 miles. I don't do this too often, because I tired if I've had a busy day (walking). I also use hand weights if I must watch a program on TV.


04/27/2010 - 12:13pm

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