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  • Fidget Your Way To Fitness!

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    It can be difficult to make time to go to the gym or do a full workout every day. And for some people, going to the gym is just miserable! For people who feel like this, no need to worry—you can still find ways to get in your daily exercise. In an article from Forbes, a new study shows that “incidental” physical activities, like house cleaning or walking around the office, can improve cardiorespiratory fitness. Even when during times when you’re swamped with work, little things can be done to keep your body moving. Read more about the results of the study in the article, and get tips on how to add these “incidental workouts” into your daily routine!

    Drop to Plank

    Fred DeVito, fitness expert and executive vice president of training at Exhale spa, suggests doing a “two-minute plank pose every morning before you shower.” The posture will strengthen and tone virtually every muscle in your body.  Plank pose is intense – two minutes will leave you panting!

    Walk to the Next Station

    Allowing yourself 10 extra minutes before you get on the bus or train, says DeVito, gives you the opportunity for a quick walk before starting your day. Get on the subway one station further from where you normally would – or if you drive to work, park 10 minutes away, which adds an automatic 20 minutes of exercise to your day!

    Save an Email

    Walking over to talk to your coworker face-to-face, instead of sending an email, is the classic workplace way to burn a few extra calories, says researcher Ashlee McGuire. “It may only take 2 minutes to walk down the hallway but during this time you are burning calories, increasing blood flow, contracting your muscles, and loosening your joints.”

    Clean House. Literally.

    Cleaning your house is probably something you do anyway, but now you can do it knowing that you’re improving the health of your heart. Sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, and vacuuming are all activities that tally up to help your health over the long term.

    Do Some Curls with the Campbell’s

    “Grab a few soup cans or water jugs and do some resistance training (e.g., bicep curls) while you’re watching your favorite show.” Of course, actual weights also work. Just a few minutes of resistance a day will burn calories and build muscle.

    Read more at Forbes

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