Works for Me Wednesday–Sneaky Exercise

wfmwsmall2.jpgI have a hard time fitting exercise in, even though I do like to work out. (I know, I’m a weirdo.) I try to get in ten minutes each morning so that I feel like I’m off to a good start. Then if that’s all I can do that day, at least I did something. Usually that motivates me to do more exercise later in the day. For the ten minutes, I usually do crunches and other ab work, pushups, and some stretching.

If I missed my morning ten minutes, or if I don’t have time to do more later, I’ll try to sneak in some exercise during the day. While I’m waiting for water to boil, I’ll do squats. If I get time to watch some TV in the evening, I’ll try to stretch or do crunches during the commercials. While my daughter plays in the tub, I’ll do standing leg lifts and pushups against the sink. I’d do something while I brush my teeth, but I’m not that coordinated!

You could also try having an exercise “trigger.” Like at every stop light, you’ll hold in your abs for 30 seconds. Or you can only talk on the phone if you walk around while talking.  I have a thing where, when we go to get the mail, I have to push my daughter in her little toy car 2 laps around the yard. She enjoys it and I get some easy exercise (and we usually end up doing about 5 laps!). While these things might not get you in marathon-shape, it’s a good way to fit in some sneaky exercise!

Check out more WFMW tips at Rocks in my Dryer!

Published in: on March 26, 2008 at 11:46 am  Comments (10)  

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  1. I try to remember to fit in little spurts of exercise when I can. Thanks for reminding me that I can do it in the car, too.

  2. Thanks for the great tip!

  3. Wearing a pedometer is a great way to sneak in exercise as well. It becomes a game to get your steps for the day, and I look forward to forgetting something in another room and having to make a second trip.

  4. Those are great idea. I think I’ll incorporate things like this to move my body more. Thanks!

  5. That should be “ideas”–plural. 🙂

  6. I figured out one thing I could do while brushing my teeth: stand on one foot to improve balance! I have one of those electric toothbrushes that beeps every 30 seconds, so I do one minute on each foot. Forces me to have good posture for at least 2 minutes each day. 🙂

  7. I exercise during my kids’ naptime, using resistance bands. Love them!

  8. Great idea.

    I do balance excersises during toothbrushing too.

    You can find my tip at:

    Laane on the World

    Have a great week and an amazing spring!!!

  9. I love this. I try to do squats when I brush my teeth and leg lifts when I wash dishes. Since my mailbox is down hill that is a workout in itself, and I have to line dry my clothes there’s some weightlifting, lol. Great ideas.

  10. Great ideas and a great multitasking motivation- thanks!

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