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Utilizing your home amenities to keep you fit
You don’t have to go far to get a workout in. Gyms are great but most certainly not a necessity. And those of us with busy lives, work, kids, and all that comes with life, taking time to leave our homes to go work out is not always an option—or at least not a priority.
What if you could find ways to squeeze in quick mini workouts right in the comfort of your own home? Just utilizing a few amenities that can be found right where you are can do the trick, and you don’t need to block out a long period of time to get the job done.
Does your home have stairs? Walk, jog or run up and down your stairs 20 times every hour. It will get you up and moving and elevate your heart rate. Plus, aiming to get those 10,000 steps in? If you have 10 stairs, going up and down them 20 times equals 400 steps!
Dining room chairs or bar stools work great to assist in different lunges, squats and lower body stretches.
Do you have a few chores that need to be done? Pull out the vacuum or mop, and instead of vacuuming or mopping at a slow pace, speed it up a bit—you can definitely work up a sweat. Washing your windows, wiping down the walls or dusting (using a cloth instead of a duster) works your arms.
A yoga mat is a great investment and can be used in any space. Just a few minutes of sit-ups, push-ups, stretches … or fine tuning your favorite yoga moves is a great way to break up your day and focus on your health.
There’s no excuse when it comes to setting a few minutes aside, several times a day, to focus on you.