We’re *obsessed* with these time-saving fitness tips
Our fitness routines often take a back seat when life gets busy, but working out no longer necessarily means an hour commitment every day. One of my favorite wellness trends is the idea of exercise snack, short bursts of exercise throughout the day that are proven to improve your aerobic capacity. I’m in.
As a busy mom, I rarely have time for 30-60 minutes of traditional training. With exercise snacks I can do it while waiting dinner to cook, when walking my dog, when I wake up or just before going to bed. No need to put on sports clothes (although there are other clothes these days?) or going to class. Although it is not recommended to completely replace your fitness routine, exercise snacks are a great way to get some activity done when you’re too busy to commit to more. Here are ideas for exercising wherever you are.
While cooking a meal or getting the mail, try 20 seconds of these alternating knee strikes (bringing your knee as high as possible) at a sprint or running pace. They are known to engage your core, strengthen all your leg muscles, get your heart rate up, and improve coordination and flexibility.
Take the stairs
And don’t just take them, run them! Or skip a step on your way. Or travel sideways. Mix it up to get the most out of your snacky workout. Studies have shown that climbing stairs burns more calories per minute than jogging at a slower pace.
The only fitness equipment you need here is a wall! Find one and lean your back on it with your feet shoulder-width apart. Engage your core and slowly slide down so your thighs are parallel to the floor. Adjust your feet so that your knees are directly above your ankles. Hold for 20 seconds or more!
Drop it and give me 20 seconds! This is another no-equipment exercise that works your core as well as your shoulders, arms, and glutes. Get into a push-up position with your toes on the floor and squeeze your glutes. Your head should be in line with your back, and your neck and spine neutral. Keep your arms straight or drop down to your forearms and hold!
jog the dog
Walking your dog is a great way to get out and about, but take it up a notch by squeezing in a 20-second sprint between sniffles and pee breaks. Your dog will also benefit from a mini workout!
This is ideal before bed. Choose a yoga pose that you like; for example, a vinyasa flow that begins in downward dog, then plank, then cobra pose, and back to downward dog. Namaste!
Other ideas for exercise snacks to do throughout the day include a set of 10 jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups or burpees. Nice snack !
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