We all have those days when there's just no time to exercise. But there's always time to sneak in a little extra activity in your daily routine. In a recent article in the AARP Bulletin, top trainers Chris Freytag, founder of www.gethealthyu.com, and Lindsay Hunt, founder of www.walkon thehealthyside.com, listed their advice for being more active all day long. Here is The O Report's Top 5 List of their best tips.
1. While Waiting Around In The Kitchen. Waiting on your coffee to brew or water to boil while you're cooking dinner? Try any combination of these moves: Squeeze your behind 10 times. Tighten your stomach muscles 10 times. Stretch your arms downward behind you and squeeze your triceps 10 times. Rise up on your toes and squeeze your calves 10 times. Raise your arms out to the sides and do 15 circles in a clockwise direction, then 15 circles counterclockwise.
2. While Sitting Around. Improve your grip strength by keeping a tennis ball at your desk at work and another by your favorite chair at home. At least twice a day, grab a ball and squeeze tightly. Hold for five seconds, then release slowly. Repeat 10 to 15 times with each hand.
3. While Brushing Your Teeth. When you brush your teeth, stand on one foot for 60 seconds and the switch. When that becomes easy, try balancing while lifting your leg to the side.
4. When Getting Out Of A Chair. Every time you stand up from or sit down in a chair, use just your legs (use one hand at first for assistance if needed). Do this 10 times a day and you've done 10 squats without going to the gym.
5. When At A Stoplight. Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles by tightening them (as if you have to urinate and are "holding it") when you're at a stoplight. Hold for 10 counts, then release for 10. Repeat until the light turns green.