Want to add a little extra exercise to your everyday life? Without adding a lot of extra time? Do each of the following moves for a day. Only do them for a minute at a time – or for the number called for – but do them 10 times throughout the day.
#1. Burpees. Stand with feet shoulder width apart, drop down to a squat with your hands on the floor, then jump out to a plank/pushup position. Jump back to the squat and stand up. Do 10.
#2 Dips. You don’t need a bench to do these, a stable chair will work just fine. Do 10. Your summer arms will thank you.
#3 Bridge. Lie on back, arms at your side, feet flat and legs perpendicular to floor. Raise your hips up off floor until you form a straight line from knees to shoulders. Hold for 30 seconds. Do 10 throughout the day.
#4 Lunges. You do not need to carry weights. Simply do 10 lunges with each leg. Make sure you keep your back straight and your knees do not move in front of your toes.
#5 Jumping Jacks. Do as many you can for one minute. Next time, try to do just one more. Do 10x throughout the day.
A play option: Remember playing Hop Scotch as a child? Draw out the squares – or find them in a school yard – and play a game or two. This will challenge your balance while you work on agility. Who knew? Substitute this for any of the challenges above.