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Sneak Exercising in Your Life

It wasn’t until I graduated college and landed my first job in the corporate world that I truly understood why America’s obesity level is on the up rise. I mean we wake up, sit in our car as we drive to work, sit at our desk for at least eight hours staring at a computer screen (excluding our lunch break when we load up on calories), drive home, eat some more, and then sit in front of the television because our brains need not to think anymore. Then we go to sleep and the whole process starts all over again. Technology, although an amazing perk for living in this generation, has made life much easier; maybe a little too easy.

And yes, some may go to the gym before or after work to beat the system, but for most of us trying to make a living, we just can’t seem to find the time or energy. So before we end up like the humans in Wall-E, let’s make a few simple changes in our daily regime that can boost our health and help put an end to our society’s sedentary lifestyle!


11 Ways to Sneak Exercises in Your Daily Life

  1. Ride your bike to work on casual Fridays. It’s Friday, the end of the work week and a day when you can dress down. So hop on the bike instead of the car and ride to work!
  2. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Another way technology is killing us; literally. This simple change can make a huge difference, and can even tighten up those glutes!
  3. Park further away from your destination. Ya that front row spot looks so tempting and sometimes you just want to beat your coworkers to it, but choose the back row and take a short walk into the office or wherever you are going.
  4. Grab a smoothie and go for a walk on your lunch hour. It’s most likely a beautiful day in the Valley, so enjoy it and grab a portable smoothie and take a stroll around the park.
  5. Deliver a message in person. Emailing has become so convenient. You hardly even have to hear your boss’ voice anymore. But on occasion, get up out of your chair and use those god given vocal chords.
  6. Do something active while watching TV. You can still enjoy the all-new episode of American Idol, but maybe on a commercial break do some jumping jacks, sit-ups or push-ups.
  7. Walk around while on a phone conversation. Stretch those legs and pace around the office while your talking to a co-worker or client.
  8. Walk instead of drive whenever possible. Yes the Valley can be a little spread out, but if you need to go somewhere that’s a mile or less away, use your feet instead of the vehicle.
  9. Hand wash your car. Save some cash and a trip to the gym and wash the car at home. This is a great abs and arms work-out.
  10. Walk the dog. Instead of watching your dog play at the park, break out the leash and take your furry-friend on a long walk.
  11. Plan active dates with your loved one. Some of the best dates are ones that are active and interactive. So skip the fattening restaurant and try hiking Camelback together.


  • Miley says:

    Thanks for posting this! It’s so true, in college I would get up and head to the gym, since my first class never started before 11. Now, it’s sooo hard to fit in a workout schedule. These are great tips to get more movement in your day, every little bit counts!

  • NatalieMarie says:

    Plus, so many of the Valley’s master-planned community’s have “nature” trails. My husband and I just discovered one in our neighborhood last week and we are gonna try to walk it a few times/week. You’re right–the weather in AZ is just too perfect now not to get outdoors and get active.

  • Chrsie says:

    I live in DC Ranch and founs some new paths that where here for years and lead to washes that are so relaxing. Everyone should take time with all these great master-planned communities. I heard that Desert Mountain is perfect for this and Veraddo on the west side of Phoenix. I think it may be Glenda AZ. Now is the time to get out and enjoy!

  • Ali says:

    Walking my dog has been the best work out routine for me. If I don’t take her for a walk she gets so hyper- so I’m forced to exercise!!!

  • Robin says:

    I have always parked in the last parking space in the lot! This is a great way to sneak in some extra exercise. Same goes for taking the stairs!

  • Jennifer says:

    I have always tried to hold down a regular exercise regime, but inevitable something always happens to run me off course. Not purposely, it just takes that one time where instead of going to the gum at six you become a taxi service hauling someone, somewhere and it’s all a downward spiral from there. So thanks for this insight. The perfect needed boost, especially on Monday.

  • Sierra says:

    Well I totally agree that we are all going to end up like the humans on Wall-E but sometimes it’s easier said than done to ‘sneak’ exercise into your day. I live 25 miles from work. So no bicycling for moi. And the stairs are the only option here, and it’s one flight. Big whoop.

    But hey once they cut your hours down at work you suddenly have PLENTY of time to walk the dogs and take those kickboxing classes without falling asleep at your desk. So I guess there’s an upside to everything!

  • Debbie says:

    Jackie, I bet $1,000 you’ve never done jumping jacks during American Idol.

  • Francis says:

    I liek the idea of walking. i tried it once, but i felt like everyone in thier cars was looking at me like a i had a DUI or not car. walking just doesnt fly in AZ.

  • Dave says:

    I’ve always parked far away. Not for the benefit of getting additional walking exercise – an added perk – but because of my weird minor phobia of parking lots. But I will say, the apartment treadmill during prime time tv is amazing. Also, iPods make me get the energy to exercise after a long day of work.

  • Kerri says:

    Yeah, its hard to fit that workout into my day! Super busy and then when i get home i just want to relax! Thanks for the tips on ways to get out there and soend time with my family too! I Love Valley Girl blog!

  • Marla says:

    I totally agree with Francis! It’s like if I”m going walking for exercise I feel like I have to make sure I really look like I’m in workout clothes. Because otherwise I feel like people are thinking “Oh that girl’s car must have broken down or something..”

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