Don’t waste time brushing your teeth – by this I mean do brush your teeth, but don’t just stand there! Drop into a squat and hold it. You can raise up to a 45 degree squat down to a deep squat and hold it at each level. If you have enough wall space, do a wall sit instead. Your thighs will be burning and all without spending an extra minute.
Engage your abs. This is how my boyfriend swears he got his 6 pack. Whenever you are sitting at a desk, waiting in line, or otherwise sedentary, turn that time into a tummy tucking ritual. Engage your rectus abdominis- the sheet of muscle all the way down your abdomen. Pull it tight as if trying to touch it to your spine. But don’t forget to breathe.
Curl the jugs – if you have a big family who drinks a lot of milk, juice, water, or whatever, those jugs and containers weigh enough to get a good bicep workout. When you unload your groceries, go ahead and fire off a few reps before you put them away. Do the same when you get them out of the fridge. If bicep curls are too easy, switch to more challenging lateral raises, forming a T shape with your arms.
Make a morning ritual – every A.M. I start by sitting on my bed, reading, praying, and setting my intentions. Then I drop to the floor and pound out a few pushups, crunches, and by the time I’m done with lunges, my heart rate is up and I feel pretty good. I do this on mornings that I am not going directly to the gym or for a run. It has become effortless and takes less than 5 minutes. The key is to not be late waking up so you are not in a rush to leave the house.
Take the path least followed – use the stairs, not the elevator or escalator in the mall. Park farther away in the parking lot, or a few blocks down the street from your destination. Especially when the weather is nice, a few minutes of extra walking will improve your mood. If you are in a hurry, you had better speed walk!
Commercial workout - For those of you who watch TV, make it productive. Family and friends can join in for a few laughs and high fives. If you are with someone you want to impress, I guarantee that male or female, if you drop to the floor and do 20 pushups, hold a minute plank, or strike a yoga pose, you will get mad respect. You will come across as motivated and fitness minded, which of course, you are.
Get those glutes – this may be the most awkward one, which is why I saved it for last. As you walk, lengthen your stride and squeeze your gluteal muscles back each time you take a step. Each pulse will make you feel extra sassy and after a few minutes your glutes will feel fatigued- good job! It will appear to others that you are taking a long stride; I promise they will not know what you are doing. They will, however, notice when you look better in your jeans.