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Fitness isn't always about a gym

Posted by eric on November 7, 2011

Improving your level of fitness and living a healthier lifestyle doesn't mean you need to pack up for a trip to the gym 5 days a week to push around weights. There are a number of activities that you can do during your day that will help you burn off extra calories without having to set foot in a gym.

Here are some ideas:

  • Go for a walk. If you have a dog, bring him with you - you'll both enjoy the fresh air while working off some extra calories. Another idea - walk the kids to school (if they'll be see with you, that is) - could be fun for the younger ones and a good opportunity to embarrass your teenagers!
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. It's a simple step - pun intended - towards fitness.
  • Bogged down in conference calls? Put the phone on speaker and pace around the room while you participate. Added benefit - less distraction from e-mail, etc.
  • Play with your kids. They probably have a ton of pent-up energy after a day in school - work it off with them by playing a quick game of tag or jumping on a trampoline. Not only will you work up a sweat, but it will help them to get rid of excess energy and be better set for focusing on homework.
  • Go for a run. Running is a great way to get in some exercise pretty much anywhere, at home or while traveling.
  • Speaking of traveling - stuck in an airport? Walk the concourse (but avoid the fast food!) to keep your blood pumping. Extra points for recruiting traveling companions to join you.

These are just a few ideas - try to think of your own as well. Being fit - and staying that way - means looking for opportunities to use your muscles throughout the day. So enough blogging for me - time to walk off some calories!

Stay fit everyone!

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