5 Activities You Didn’t Know Were Workouts

When it comes to being active and maintaining your health, every bit counts. Even if you don’t have time to hit the gym, little things you do during your day make a difference. It’s helpful to know that when I don’t have time to complete a full-on workout, I’ve remained active during my day. And Adam and I love to go evening walks with Aden whenever we can, and do things like take the stairs over the elevator. Ever wake up sore one morning and wonder why, only to find out it’s because the elevator was out of service and you had to walk up 6 flights of stairs that day? – that’s how you know the little things work!

While just walking up stairs should never replace an exercise regimen 100%, there are ways you can tweak those activities in order to reap their benefits, causing you to be that much healthier. You can even increase your endurance and muscle tone with these small changes.

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See all 5 activities that can easily become workouts below: 

When you can’t find parking…
Circling the block for 10 minutes could easily be a 10-minute workout. Sure, it’s inconvenient if it’s raining and you have 10 bags of groceries, but it DOES benefit your health. Parking farther away means fitting in a walk you otherwise may not get to. You might even be rewarded by not having to pay for parking or having to deal with as much traffic.

Your evening walk…
You may think that strolling around the block with your baby or pup in tow isn’t worth much, but a 150lb person burns about 230 calories just by walking at a moderate pace for an hour. Easily turn that into a more intense workout by picking up speed or rounding your distance up to the nearest mile. You won’t even notice you were at it for the extra minutes, yet you’ll burn those calories.

When the elevator is full…
 Sometimes taking the elevator or escalator is more trouble than it’s worth. With a group of people vying for the elevator in a busy place, the stairs can be a welcome breath of fresh air, and even less time consuming. You’ll regain energy and quickly forget about the tiny detour – until you realize how it positively impacted your day. If you have the choice between stairs and an elevator at your office, at the subway station, or mall, challenge yourself to take the stairs. You’ll be surprised at how much it helps improve the strength of your legs.

Coffee run time…
Be the one who volunteers to run an errand for the rest of your coworkers, and you’ll not only be helpful to others, you’ll be able to step out of your workplace and get moving for a moment. It truly counts when you have to be in the same place for several hours, and taking a break can work wonders for stress and productivity as well as physical health.

Yard work day…
A day spent working in the yard is a pain for some people, but it helps to think of it as a day you can accomplish two tasks in one – a workout, and a tidied outdoor space. Things like pulling weeds, gardening, mowing the lawn, landscaping, etc., all burn calories and work your muscles. These activities can even mean burning up to 400 calories an hour!

Do you have any sneaky ways to be active on days you can’t actually workout? Share them with everyone below!