Aug 072014

10 Ways To Sneak Exercise In

Exercising everyday can sometimes be hard to do in between taking care of the kids, working like a madwoman, and balancing life with family and friends. If exercise isn’t part of your everyday routine it might seem impossible to add it in to a schedule that is already busting at the seams. Here are 10 Ways to Sneak Exercise In so that you can get the benefits of regular exercise without losing your mind in the process.

1. Before you get out of bed in the morning, raise your arms above your head and point your toes. Making your body flex every muscle and stretch out helps to wake you up and preps your body for the upcoming day.

2. Once you are out of bed take two minutes to really stretch. Reach for the sky and then bend at the waist and touch your toes, repeat this three times. This one move has almost the same impact on waking your brain up as a cup of coffee. It also stretches your backside out and helps you move more freely throughout the day.

3. Every time you use the restroom during the day, do 10 squats. By the end of the day you should have a 100 squats completed.

4. While you are waiting for the coffee to brew lift each knee up waist high. Alternate legs and do for one minute.

5. During each of your work breaks, do two sets of 10 lunges on each leg. That will give you 20-30 lunges by the end of the day and only have taken up 3-4 minutes of your time total.

6. To build upper body strength, push-ups work wonders. If you can’t get down on the floor then use a wall and push off of it with your feet at least 3 feet away from the wall. Do 2-3 sets of 10 during each of your breaks too.

7. While your kids are playing on the floor or doing homework, do 10 quick sit-ups. See how many sit-ups you can do in a minute. Work on doing these everyday as our abdominal muscles can be worked daily.

8. While making dinner, do small arm circles for 30 circles. Do 30 seconds forward then another 30 seconds backwards. Perfect to get in between stirring that yummy dinner!

9. After dinner, head outside and run for 30 seconds, walk for 5 minutes. You want at least 2 rounds, more if you have the time. Decrease the walk time when you can.

10. Before bed, stretch your arms and again and reach for the stars and then bend over and touch your toes. Let the day’s stress melt away as you do this detoxifying movement.

  125 Responses to “10 Ways to Sneak Exercise In”

  1. Love this and such a sneaky way to get exercise, but truly perfect!! πŸ™‚

  2. ooh wall push ups. That’s a great idea for my arms! I can only do 8-10 on the floor!

  3. I try so hard to keep exercise in the back of my mind! These are great helpful hints on how to add small things in during the day. Thanks! Mitch

  4. These are all some quick, really great ideas!

  5. I love the tip on adding excercise while making dinner, this is so simple. I surely could add this to my day!

  6. It’s hard to believe that stretching has the same impact as a cup of coffee. I wonder if I do it after my coffee if it will double the impact? Great tips!

  7. Great tips! I definitely find it hard to fit exercise in with taking care of two boys and two side businesses. But I did just purchase a gym membership recently so lets hope that provides the right motivation!

  8. Great tips! I try to get extra steps whenever I can. my Fitbit is helping me with that!!

  9. These are great tips. I know I need to exercise, but I absolutely HATE doing it. Using these tips, I can get my exercise in without the dread and commitment of actually making time to do it all at once.

  10. Great tips, I can really get alot of exercise in with these tips! LOVE

  11. Great tips. It’s so important to lead an active lifestyle.

  12. Those are great tips! Definitely some key times in the day to put in some extra fitness minutes! I also try to park farther away from the store door when I go shopping for more walking.

    • I have been parking further away too. Partly for the exercise and partly so no one damages my new car, haha.

  13. Seems simple enough. Now if I could only get myself to do them!

  14. Anyone can sneak in some exercise in during the day, you just need to make time for yourself.

  15. Sounds like a good plan! I need to do some of these πŸ™‚

  16. I love the squats trick. Every night I try to do about 50 squats. It might not be a lot but it’s better than nothing!

  17. Great ideas! I always try to sneak my exercise in because I never get it done if I “wait until I have the time.”

  18. These are all really good ways to get some exercise in. I like to to toe lifts for my calves or squats while I am brushing my teeth. That’s a good 2 minutes to work on my legs twice a day.

  19. Great list. I like doing leg lifts (airplane) with Zoe. She gives my legs a workout:)

  20. I have been awful this summer with exercise. My intent was to get up early and walk but I have been a total slacker. Starting August 18th I am back to it.

  21. Such a helpful post! Summer is busy and just no time for me to sneak in my school year workout routines.

  22. I try to squeeze situps in whenever I can, I feel it really helps my core without taking up woo much time.

  23. I need to do sets of 10 lunges on each leg during work. I do have small weights here for my arms.

  24. These are great ways to get in some exercise. Going to use this!

  25. I’ve totally slacked on exercise this week. My schedule hasn’t allowed for any downtime. I did manage to squeeze in 75 crunches before 6 a.m. though.

  26. Man this is smart. I used to be good about doing stuff like this. I need to pop those extras in again!

  27. Great tips! It is not easy but I fit my 90 minutes in, in the evenings!

  28. These are great tips! I am definitely going to do some of these on those days when getting to the gym is a total impossibility.

  29. These are such great tips. It is so easy to get busy and forget to exercise.

  30. I’m working to move away from wall push-ups or on my knees. But for now that’s the only way to get it done.

  31. What great tips… especially for those who really don’t have extra time… I love doing those challenges, like the plank or squat challenges

  32. It is so simple to get little bits of exercise in throughout the day. I am always amazed at the people who can’t find the time πŸ™‚

  33. i feel like I sneak exercising in all day. With 5 minutes it’s constant and sitting down is a luxury! LOL

  34. I pinned this — such a great idea to build a habit! Like the squat thing…I could totally do that!

  35. what great tips you are very sneaky.

  36. This is great! I love to run, but find it hard to sneak in all the other workouts I want! I will have to just sneak them in with these tips!!

  37. Oh! If it is sneaky, I can do it! LOL. Love these tips! I am bookmarking this page and I pinned your pic for future reference!

  38. These are great tips! No more excuses of not having enough time! ^Shell

  39. that is a great tip to do while cooking dinner. I will have to try this!

  40. I would love to sneak in exercise. Those are great tips that I’m going to do.

  41. great tips, i need to do some of these.

  42. I always claim that I don’t have exercise. I really don’t have that excuse anymore, I can do some of these in almost no time.

  43. I need to follow all of these tips. I haven’t exercised much lately.

  44. I try to sneak it in all the time- but I’ve never thought about doing squats, etc, when going to the bathroom. I will start tomorrow- buns of steel, here I come!!!

  45. these re really good tips and easy to fit them in during your day. especially the squat one I must run to girl’s room 20 times a day.

  46. OMG These are soooo simple but yet I never would have thought of them! GENIUS!

  47. These are such great tips. I love how simple they are to do every day!

  48. Good tips and nothing too outrageous to fit in. Simple things that may not seem like much alone, but do them all in a day and there’s a mini-workout.

  49. I need this! I am so full of excuses! LOL

  50. These are great ideas. I may sneak a few in in the future.

  51. Fantastic advice. Mornings when I get up is when I do some stretches. Not a lot til I get that first cup of coffee tho!

  52. This is fantastic advice! Thank you so much for the reminder that I can do this no matter how busy I am.

  53. Great tips! I do the stretches when I wake up, but only if I’m sore πŸ˜› I love the idea of doing the arm circles while cooking though!

  54. These are some great ways to sneak exercise in. I’ll try some of these.

  55. I love going for walks after dinner. It is a great way to relax and help with digestion. I try to go for a walk daily.

  56. Great tips!!! Much needed advice, I need to get out and workout!

  57. I love your tips! I always forget to at least stretch and I know that is very bad! This gives me much needed alert!

  58. These are fabulous ideas!! I’m always looking for ways to sneak exercise in!

  59. There are never enough hours in the day! Thanks for these easy to work into a routine exercises, they are actually practical.

  60. This is just what I was looking for! I was telling my friend today that I need to start trying to lose a little weight! This would be a great start!

  61. I love your ideas. I try to sneak in little things here and there. Does dancing in your seat count while you are working?

  62. These are wonderful tips. I try to sneak in exercising whenever I can!

  63. I used to do squats as I brushed my teeth. LOL! Oh the things we do

  64. I love the list!
    Definitely some easy and great ideas!

  65. This is a great post. Easy to follow.

  66. Oh I so need to incorporate some of these. If my work out time gets squeezed out I don’t get any exercise in.

  67. I laughed when I read the title of this post because exercise would have to sneak up on me to get done. Seriously, though, it’s important to try to get some activity in with the busy lives that we have as moms.

  68. These are great tips. I like the one about doing some exercise everytime you go to the bathroom.

  69. Great tips for adding little ways to get more exercise! Walking your dog is another good one πŸ™‚

  70. HA HA HA I find ways to sneak out of it. LOL I need to follow these 10 ways to incorporate this into my life. Thanks for sharing

  71. Great tips. I am always trying to sneak it in, but it just never seems to happen.

  72. I love the idea of sneaking in the squats. That is an easy way to get 100 of ’em in, when usually I get zero in!!

  73. I cal also build most of these into my schedule at the office too. Except for anything on the floor – I swear they have not vacuumed in 2 years.

  74. These are awesome tips. I used to wear ankle weights around the house all the time. I really should get that going again!

  75. if i do 10 squats every time i use the bathroom i’d be around 400 squats a day… i pee a lot!!

  76. It is important to squeeze it in when you can. I miss having a gym near us with a built in daycare. I sneak exercise in when i can. Great ideas!

  77. Stretching is key for me. Otherwise I get wicked cramps.

  78. I really love this list! I think I might actually try a few, although this one> 3. Every time you use the restroom during the day, do 10 squats. By the end of the day you should have a 100 squats completed. < I would have a 100 done in the first hour I am awake and drinking coffee lol

  79. This is a fabulous list! I’m terribly with exercising, but I just might have to try a few of these out.

  80. Love the bathroom squats and the dinner arm circles. I will do this today! This really made me feel like a little workout is achievable. I’ve been struggling lately!

  81. These are awesome ideas, Robin! I just bought a “pedaler” a couple weeks ago, so I can sit and pedal while I’m working at my desk!

  82. I will be adding a few of these to my list. I get picked on by my family because I do kitchen counter pushups and squats when I am making dinner. I figure I am in there anyway waiting on something so I might as well use the time wisely.

  83. These are all such great ideas. I always do #1! πŸ™‚

  84. These are great tips. It can be hard to get exercise in and this list makes it less daunting!

  85. These are awesome ideas! I need to put some of them into practice. I honestly have no idea when to exercise!

  86. I can actually do all of these! I especially like the tip for doing squats during visits to the restroom. I usually do stretch in the morning but not before bed, so I’ll start doing that tonight. Thanks for this list Robin!

  87. These are great tips! My husband and I usually take an after-dinner walk, but I definitely need to fit more exercise in my day since my job involves sitting at a computer all day. I will have to try a few of these.

  88. I know I have a hard time finding exercise time. These are some great ways to sneak it in, though!

  89. Great ideas. This is definitely something I struggle with!

  90. I just got a Jawbone wristband and it vibrates every 45 minutes! I set it up this way so it reminds me to GET UP!

  91. Great tips! I really need to get an exercise routine started. This list provides me with an excellent start. Tanks!

  92. That bathroom squat idea = awesome! I need to implement that in my life asap.

  93. I try to find time to exercise or at least get out of the house and walk with my kids. It’s so hot here in the summer that we tend to do it late in the evening, or early in the morning.

  94. I may try that squat thing when I go the bathroom. Great idea.

  95. I used to be really good about stretching at bedtime. I need to start doing that again.

  96. Great list of EASY work out ideas! I need all the ideas that I can get. You don’t ever think of these simple tricks. Thanks

  97. Great tips, Robin! I hate when people say that they can’t find the time to exercise, there is always time to “sneak” it in!

  98. I usually try to sneak out of exercise but these are all great tips!

  99. Wow! These are some really great tips! I’m pinning for later use! Thanks!

  100. All great ideas! May I add another? While I read blog posts, I do arm circles. When I comment, I am at rest, but once I click on another post to read, I start doing them again. Works so well. πŸ™‚

  101. These are some awesome tips and totally doable! I never thought about doing the “little” things, I can’t wait to put it into my routine!

  102. These really are great suggestions. Best laid plans and all that, LOL. Maybe this will motivate me.

  103. I love the doing 10 squats every time you go to the bathroom. I am seriously going to start doing this.

  104. There are so many opportunities to get exercise in. Thanks for the great tips

  105. Great tips! I definitely need to fit in #7!

  106. We spend so much time just waiting when we can really be sneaking in some easy exercises! Great tips.

  107. I love these tips. I’m going to implement them asap. I especially like the first two. The morning strength stretches are great.

  108. These quick exercises make it hard to make excuses not to. Thanks for the ideas.

  109. I so need to incorporate these kinds of things in my day. Especially the morning stretches because I generally wake up with a sore back and feeling stiff. I am big fan of dancing around the kitchen whenever I am making dinner, or unloading the dishwasher — but I am not entirely sure that is going to get mom all the way back to sexy. LOL

  110. These are definitely great ways to keep our body moving.

  111. Great tips. Definitely something I should really be doing more of.

  112. These are great ideas! As I seem to have limited time lately, I am all about sneaking it in!

  113. Great suggestions! Even a little bit is better than nothing. A few minutes here or there really can make a difference and you don’t need to go to the gym.

  114. What wonderful tips! I’ve always done #1 on this list. I will have to try some of these other tips though, thanks for sharing!

  115. These are some really great tips. I guess after reading this, none of us have an excuse!

  116. Great tips. I need to sneak it in when I can.

  117. I can honestly say that I do some of these and along with washing cloth diapers that has been the only exercise I’ve done in a year. It feels good to do what you can.

  118. Ohhh this is AWESOME!
    That’s a wicked idea- the 10 squats before peeing! lol
    Fantastic. I’m doing it. I’ve booked marked this to memorize this entire list. Great post!

  119. This is awesome! I’m going to print this to put on my mirror as a reminder.

  120. I do a lot of stretching at the office! It’s a huge stress relief.