Find ways to keep yourself moving, such as doing calf raises while you’re waiting on line or clenching your cheeks for a glutes exercise when you’re sitting in traffic. Taking lots of water breaks throughout the day will keep you feeling alert and focused. Play some music while you’re cleaning your house so you’ll stay active longer. Grab a basket instead of a cart at the grocery store Getty Images/Justin Sullivan
The next time you run in to grab a few things for dinner, grab a shopping basket instead of a cart. “Walking around the store carrying your groceries will help you build core and shoulder strength,” explains Marie V. Ande, a certified strength and conditioning specialist. And just think of all the money you’ll save by skipping unnecessary (and heavy!) impulse purchases.
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How many times a day do you bend down to pick something up off the floor, lift your child, pet a dog, tie your shoe, or put away something under the bed? Make the most of these impromptu squats by making sure you’ve got good form, says Richard Sullivan, a senior fitness specialist. When bending over, make sure to pull in your abdominals, tighten your core, and slightly arch your back without twisting. Or, instead of bending from the waist, squat down with your legs — you’ll get a mini core workout, and it will help protect you from throwing out your back.
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Standing up straight is actually hard work. “Maintaining good posture while standing, sitting, walking requires that you engage and tighten multiple muscles — so much so in fact that most people cannot maintain proper posture for even one minute,” Sullivan says. Practice standing and sitting up straight, with your core tight, and your shoulders pulled back and down. Here are 7 ways you can improve your posture. Bonus: It’s also a way to instantly look slimmer.
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