Stepping It Up with Easy Exercise Ideas
I hate to exercise. I don’t join gyms because I will never go. I only exercise because I’ve prepaid, meeting a friend, or my dog is whining. But I do feel better when I exercise. I sleep better too. And while I am exercising a lot these days, I like exercise that is non-exercise. Here’s my first non-exercise exercise tip:
Stair Climbing 2 at a Time
- When you go UP the stairs, take the stairs two at a time.
- Alternate legs as you go up the stairs.
- Go DOWN the stairs one stair at a time. You don’t want to fall!
- Take your time going up the stairs. Speed doesn’t not matter!
I have 2 sets of stairs in my house, not counting the stairs that lead to my front door. I noticed that even though I exercise regularly: Vinyasa yoga, kickboxing/boxing, hiking with dog, and Zumba, my posterior needed more work.
I had taken a step sculpting class. You use plastic steps, small hand weights and stretch bands like these, and I was so sore for days after it, but only in my butt and thighs. I realized that kickboxing despite the kicking does not work the inner and outer thighs nor the butt enough. And strangely, though we did a lot of bicep and tricep work, my upper body was not sore AT ALL!
I collected butt workout exercises on Pinterest and they all seemed to include lunges. I hate lunges. It feels tough on my knees. I’m never going to do lunges on my own. Taking two steps at a time is basically a lunge. An easy lunge. A lunge you don’t have to think about. You have to go up the stairs anyway. You may have even opted for stairs instead of the elevator. Take it up a notch and take the steps two at time! Easy as pie, right?!
The hardest thing for me is to remember to take the stairs two at a time but eventually it will become automatic. Do you take the stairs? Would you try taking them two a time? If you do, did you get sore the first few times? I did! It really works!
The plus side:
- Efficient since you are taking the stairs anyway.
- No special equipment necessary.
- Not sweaty!
- Actually works.
- Does not require any time commitment at all!
Standing Not Sitting
My second non-exercise exercise tip comes from my mom friend Nathalie who has opted for a standing desk at work. She works standing up. She takes meetings standing up. Phone calls to. She says standing burns about 50 calories an hour and it’s great for her back. Sitting is the new cigarette smoking apparently!
My mom friend Amy who works at New Balance says that they also do walking meetings. Instead of sitting, they meet while talking a lovely stroll outside with it’s nice or inside around their indoor track when the weather is foul. She says exercise ball “chairs” are also popular.
How about you? What is your favorite form of exercise? Do you like to exercise? If not, what is your favorite non-exercise exercise that you do? Thanks for sharing!