Yep! That’s right I do lunges while I brush my teeth. I call it multi tasking my BlissDom (blog conference) roomies called me nuts. I seriously assumed it was normal practice to stretch in the bathtub and do squats for a 2 minute teeth brush session, but after a little facebook post, I realized that not everyone does that. After a few emails and tweets I learned that some people DID want to know more about my my exercise practice I call: Easy exercises to do at home. So, I’m here to tell you how I exercise everyday and don’t run or have a gym membership or really even spend any extra time exercising.
So, love is a little strong. But, I don’t want my gymnastics muscle residue to turn to fat and I don’t want to pay for a gym membership, not to mention I wouldn’t know what to do with weight machines even if I did go to the gym! I choose to do my old school gymnastics conditioning moves throughout my day. Note: I don’t do all of these things everyday, I just do them as they fit into my every day life.
1: Park far away at Target. And it’s not just Target, any big box store in a crowded parking lot. So this exercise trick does 2 things for me. 1) I don’t get angry in the parking lot, I just go to the back and park. 2) I walk (usually really fast) into Target and get a few extra steps in for the day.
2: Stretch in the bathtub. I don’t take tons of baths, but when I do, I always stretch. This tip probably won’t work if you’re over 5’9, because you won’t be able to fully stretch out your legs. Here’s what I do: Pike stretches, pull my flexed feet back, try to touch my head to my knees. I think the bathtub is the perfect place for stretching since your muscles are already warmed up!
3: When I talk on the phone, I walk around the block. If I know the conversation is going to be longer than 15 minutes, I just step outside and start walking. Walking around the block also provides privacy! No snoopy Andy wondering what I’m talking about, ha! #multitaskingpro #gettingintheextrasteps
4: Exercise while I brush my teeth. I have a sonicare toothbrush with a built in 2 minute timer. So, while I’m brushing I pick an activity to do. I don’t count, I just do the named activity for 2 minutes. I’ve been on a lunge kick, but I’ve also been known to do wall sits, calf raises, or squats while brushing my teeth. I like lunges because they allow me to move around. I like to lunge up and down the hallway, not just in one place… go figure, ha!
5: Counter push ups in the kitchen. This happens for most often when I’m baking cookies and staring at the timer. I usually pick a number, let’s say 50. Then I tell myself I have to do 50 counter push ups before the next batch of cookies comes out of the oven. I might do 2 sets of 25 or whatever… oh and switch it up with wide arm and arms close together.
6: Commercial exercise. Andy and I have a few TV shows we really like, like Parks and Rec and Seinfeld. So, while we’re watching, I will sit in the straddle on the floor and then on the commercials I’ll do 30 crunches or something of the sort. I like to have goals, like by the end of the show I will have done 100 sit ups. Then I don’t feel guilty about watching TV and wasting time!
7: Squat and pee. (I can’t believe I just typed that!) So, in public restrooms or even sometimes at home… I do the “hover” for 30 seconds or so. Talk about multi- tasking, ha! Come on, I know y’all “hover” too! And it’s good exercise!
8: Kid toys. Hula hoops, jump ropes and trampolines are fun. There’s are a lots of bars and restaurants in Austin these days that have hula hoops for patrons to play with. Guess who always hula hoops? Me! Me! Here is Andy hula hooping recently… you have to watch his moves, ha!
Andy and I also jump rope occasionally, we need to that more. Oh and one day we will own a trampoline, I super love those things. Pogo sticks, rip sticks, razor scooters and unicycles are fun too. My little brothers are into Razor scooters and they used to be hard core rip sticker-ers. We had a unicycle growing up, but that thing is Dangerous, with a capital D!
9: Take the stairs. Maybe I’m just a maniac, but I can easily get myself in a tiff if I take the escalator or the moving sidewalk in the airport and a super slow person is in front of me. So this bit of exercise ensures that I end up at my desired location with a few more steps and a calm demeanor. I am nuts, huh?!
10: Handstand contests. Or hula hoop contests. I was a gymnast most of my life, so I like handstands and cartwheels and what not. I also love a friendly competition. Handstands are good for you and I even think a good handstand can cure a headache! If you can’t do a handstand practice walking your feet up the wall and holding it for as long as you can. Once you’re comfortable with that, start practicing in the grass, and now you’re ready for a handstand contest! Who can hold it the longest?! And if handstands aren’t your thing, grab the hula hoops!
So what do you think? Am I nuts? How do you exercise? I wish I liked to run, really I do. It’s just so hard and boring for me. I like to walk with friends. Do you have any other adding exercise to your daily life tips?