This post was written by Ben Smart and is published as a part of our blog exchange with Tar Heel Tone Up.
“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Roh
- Take the stairs
Choosing the stairs is a simple way to add in a few extra minutes of daily activity, but so many people skip out. Taking the stairs burns 9 times more calories than riding the elevator. Livestrong.com reports that walking stairs burns about 9 calories a minute for a 160-pound person, while standing in the elevator burns only one calorie. Two at a time, or one? If you want to maximize activity, take the stairs one a time. Researchers at the University of Roehampton found that taking the stairs one at a time burned more calories than leaping up two at a time. Beyond burning calories, an active lifestyle can help you live longer and feel better.
- Flex those abdominals, arms, and glutes
Next time you’re standing in line or sitting at a red light, try this short exercise: flex, squeeze and hold one muscle group for 10 seconds, then rest. Repeat twice more for a total of three sets. This shortcut can help you engage your muscles and sneak in some activity even when life is busy.
- Wake up and MOVE!
Tomorrow when your alarm goes off, don’t grumble! Instead see this as an opportunity to start your day off right. Slip in 50 abdominal crunches or 20 pushups. It takes only a couple minutes, and you won’t regret performing these basic exercises. Exercising right after waking up could help you stay awake and not climb back into bed!