8 Ways to Sneak Exercise into Your Daily Routine
Can you do it?
Remember when you were a kid and you RAN everywhere? To the backyard, to the freezer for ice cream, down the street to meet your friends?
And your parents said “STOP RUNNING”?
Maybe a little too well. Because now all you do is sit and it’s literally killing you.
But there are ways you can sneak exercise into your routine.
According Dr. Bruce Y. Lee at Psychology Today, tricking yourself into exercising is actually kind of easy.
“When I was a freshman in college, a guy shot out of the building like a cannonball in a full sprint. I asked my classmate why the guy was in such a hurry. My classmate responded, “He’s just going to lunch. He decided that he would go everywhere in a full sprint so that he could get exercise along the way,” he wrote.
Lee said we all think of exercising as going to the gym or a class.
This is NOT how humans are supposed to work out.
“Cave people probably didn’t say, “Hmmm, it looks like my gym membership expired,” he wrote.
Lee argues that if you have to go out of your way to schedule something, you are much less likely to do it.
“It’s the first thing that goes when you get busy,” he wrote in Psychology Today. “Therefore, the best way to guarantee that you get exercise is to incorporate it into as many different things as you can.”
As a person who sits at a desk all day and drives everywhere, I’m all for incorporating these little ways to sneak in a bit of exercise. I mean, every little bit helps and if you can get your steps in WHILE attending a boring meeting, well, you’ve killed to have-tos with one walk.
Who can argue with that?