I also primarily work a desk job (12 hours at time too!). What I've been doing is when I get up from my desk, I take the long way, or go around the office twice. If I'm fixing my lunch (or dinner), I may put it in the micro and then walk to another part of the office and back. Stuff like that.
I've also been riding the bus more often lately (car not working), and I find that riding the bus gets me moving more. If I have the monthly bus pass, I don't mind running a single errand on the bus. And walking to/from the bus pass adds up!
This is a really helpful article! Most days I get home and never get back out again. I find I often use the, "I'll just work out tomorrow" excuse and I've let that slide for way too long! With these tips I think I can manage getting in 3 10 minute sessions on my busy days.
I had a goal of 10,000 steps a day but work at a desk all day and it was hard to do. So instead I used the stairs, parked farther away, and walked the halls a few times before heading to the bathroom. I also got a pedometer. So even if I only walk for 5 minutes, I am doing it about 8-10 times a day. It really adds up and I have succeeded in my goals the past three months!!
And I have a lot more energy and have lost some of my waist!
Great article. Gives an answer to all the people who say "Oh, I'm too busy to exercise." Great advice for the Baby Boomers who need simple exercise. 10 minutes can be accomplished no matter how badly out of shape you are.
I have a 2 yr old that doesn't like it when I exercise for very long. I have found a way to incorporate exercise while still being with her: I will lay on the floor and do crunches with her on my stomach. She also likes to do Pilates with me:-) While I am laying on my pilates exerciser, my daughter will sit on my stomach while I do those exercises. She is very light and helps me keep my stomach pulled in.
I have found that I will actually do more floor exercises when she is involved because I don't feel like I have to rush. I also think this helps show my children that exercise is a "fun" thing that they can do also. For me, these short bouts are a win-win situation for all involved.
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