Most of the information you read about exercise will focus on the time youre at the gym. Of course there are a lot of techniques to make the most of your workouts, but even if you spend 2 full hours at the gym every day (which is more time than most of us can spare), you still have 22 hours of the day left to consider. For optimal health most people should be sleeping for 7-9 hours each night, but even then there are 13-15 hours left in the day to be burning calories. Each one of these suggestions are quick, easy ways to burn a few calories here and there that will eventually add up big time.
Take the Stairs
Taking the stairs forces you to use your quads and glutes, two of the biggest muscles in your body. Bigger muscles burn more calories, so you should jump at any chance to use them. If your climb would be a really long one, considering taking the elevator half way to your destination and take the stairs for the rest of the way.
Get off the Couch during Commercials
Sitting down for an hour-long TV show will cause your metabolism to slow to a near halt. Get off the couch and do 10 jumping jacks and 10 push-ups every commercial break you dont always have to work super hard to get results.
Stand Up at Work
You dont necessarily need a treadmill desk to get some exercise at work (although those are pretty cool). If you work at a desk job, try standing for 10 minutes after 50 minutes of sitting. Also, take a quick walk to the water fountain or restroom at least once an hour.
Walk and Talk
I know people who consistently have hour-long phone conversations. Since almost all of us are on cell phones now, taking a quick walk around the block while youre talking on the phone is a great way to get a little extra exercise without taking time away from other things. Standing during parts of your phone conversations is good too.
Bike to the Store
If youre just grabbing a couple small things at a near-by store, you really dont need to drive there. Try biking or walking instead when the weathers nice. This is also a great idea when you go to eat out (just bring a bike light if youre eating out for dinner). Alternatively, whenever you do drive, park at the furthest possible parking spot from the front door. That minute long walk will matter in the long run.