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Easy Exercise Ideas You Can Sneak In Every Day

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!

That’s it.

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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 and small hand weights, 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!

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

26 Comments

  1. Definitely the standing tip. I try to stay on my feet all day during the week. (I’m typing this comment from my bed after a lovely nap. SHHHH)
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    • Hi Artchoo,
      I work from my bed as par for the course as well. I tried the standing but it’s hard on my back. I am doing the double step climbing though and I feel it in my legs and butt. Easiest workout you don’t have to pay for or schedule. Like doing lunges all day long but not as painful.
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  2. My brother has a cycling desk – a stationary bike with a desk built in. That’s what I want! And maybe a standing desk :)

    We don’t have stairs in our house, but I did love using them for exercise in my house as a teenager. And I use an exercise ball as my desk chair.
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  3. Ann

    A walking meeting – such a great idea – as long as there are no cars around to make noise you could voice record it for notes. No stairs here either. I like to walk and watch TV while jogging in place. My goal is to alternate those but these days I have too many excuses!
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  4. Great ideas…I love the way your blog looks!
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  5. Hey!
    Pretty helpfull ideas.
    I really love the way your blog looks!!
    I think I will start those exercices as soon as I get home! (3 floors to go up and down every day^^) because my butt needs some real intensive work ^^
    I will come back on your blog frequently to read more from you :)
    Keep up the good work and tips!! :)
    Mélanie F.
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  6. We live in a ranch house, so we had no stairs to use until just recently when we finished the basement. I’ve been eyeing those steps thinking it would be great exercise!
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  7. I’m terrible at getting enough exercise. And by “enough” I mean “any.” The one thing I do at work is look for opportunities to walk a little more – take a patron to the shelves for a book, take armloads of new books to shelve requiring several trips rather than wheeling over a cart, and such. But the stair thing seems easy enough to try. Thanks!
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  8. Jeee, I started your stairs climbing exercises three days ago, I garantee everyone that I feel it! ^^
    I might definitly be continuing those for a while! :)
    Thanks for the tips!!
    I need some more ! ^^
    Mélanie F.
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    • Hi Melanie,
      I know, right?!! You can feel it by doing that stair climbing, skip a step, for just a few flights in a day! Makes me realize that I don’t do lunge exercises EVER even with exercising now 3 or 4 days a week It’s easy to fit in too.

      My other tip is standing instead of sitting when you can. I don’t do it for very long because it’s hard on my back but my friend Nathalie swears by it.
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  9. Nat

    Thanks for the tip, I started doing double when taking the stairs at work, very good ‘workout’ each time! ;)

  10. Hi again!!
    I’ll try Nathalie’s tip as soon as I get the occasion! But I usually have the same problem than you! my back starts to hurt pretty quickly :S Don’t know if I will be able to hold on.
    i’ll see how it goes and will come back to you soon.
    Thank you again :)
    Mélanie
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  11. Mia, I’ve used a standup desk for the last 3 years after several years of using a balance ball. And it’s been the best thing I’ve done for my home business – including my back. In fact a couple times a wheelbarrow did my back in and if I didn’t have a standup desk, I couldn’t keep working/writing as my back recovered. Of course, everyone’s back and back pain is different so the best suggestion is this:

    The key is to start in small spurts and take breaks. I often wiggle my hips, do little squats and calf raises as I work. Your back needs movement so just standing can be hard too. Alternate with sitting in spurts as you build your strength.

    I don’t do this – but many people also use a gel mat when standing to help make it easier on their feet and perhaps back.

    I’ve written a whole free report on how to use a standup desk – available on my blog below.
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  12. I really need some information about simple exercises that I could do at home.

  13. Those were kinda easy and I always do the stair thing. It is good.

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