At home, when the cell phone rings and I know it will be a 10 minute or longer conversation, I get up from my desk and start to walk in place. It's amazing how much exercise one can fit into a day just be talking on the phone and moving, moving, moving.
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My friend called (on my cell), so rather than sit and talk (and bother my co-worker), I figured I'd get out of the office and walk while we talked. I kept up a good pace and continued after we finished for a nice bit of unexpected exercise.
When I go on my walks, I always have my cell phone with me; on days when my motivation to walk is low (usually from being tired), I will call a friend to chat while I'm walking. It's fun to talk, and it gets my mind off the fact that I'm tired. Before I know it, my workout is done!
The benefits of this "secret" are obvious; exercising regularly aids in weight loss, helps to combat depression, increases heart strength, promotes better sleep, improves muscle tone, and many other health benefits too numerous to mention.
Instead of sitting on my behind when I'm on a long phone call I use that opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: I walk outside doing laps around the yard or if I'm on my cell phone I walk around the block a few times. It's amazing how fast an hour of walking goes when you're talking!
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