Feeling lazy? These 8 tips will help you squeeze in some extra activity whether you’re at home, or on the go.
So as you may have noticed, my blog has been a little quiet lately…
I went out and got one of those big girl jobs that takes up like 9 hours of your day, not counting the time I know have to spend showering and putting on makeup.
I kind of miss the lack of makeup needed to be unemployed, but a small price to pay for an income I guess…
But I digress.
This newfound time I spend at a desk has made me think even more about the lack of movements I get to make in a regular day. And even the healthiest of diets can’t make up for that blobbiness that comes from sitting on your ass all day…
Even so, I am still a lazy chick who hates the gym.
So here are some lazy girl workout tips for how to add some more activity to your day. I am not gonna call it “exercise,” because some of these activities are more “get off your ass” tasks, than exercise.
#1 When watching TV or sitting at your desk, sit on an exercise ball
I once made a very good friend while sitting on an exercise ball on top of a dining room table while on a cabin trip to Mammoth…bouncing around made hanging in a cabin while freezing my ass off more fun.
You can make TV watching and sitting at a desk more productive by sitting on an exercise ball. It causes you to engage your core, aka abs, making it more work than sitting in a chair. Anything and everything counts, so why not make watching Netflix more beneficial?
#2 Ten-minute quickie workout before your shower in the morning
So as someone who makes any excuse not to exercise, my biggest fallback is deciding when it’s most appropriate to get sweaty. If you go for a quick jog or just do some jumping jacks, push up, and sit ups for just 10 minutes in the morning before you hop in the shower, you are better off that you would be if you didn’t do anything.
You can even do some of these exercises in your bathroom (naked if you really are into that). Doing a little activity right when you get up in the morning will help wake you up and get you going.
If you are down to make it a solid 30 minutes before you head to work, have your cup of coffee first and you will REALLY get your day started PUMPED! You will feel a lot better than if you didn’t do anything, both mentally and physically.
#3 Do you have to drive to work?
While it is not an option for many people, if you live a bikeable or walkable distance from work, that activity to and from work can really add to your day, exercise-wise. It would also save you money on gas and help the environment.
When you spend your whole day inside, getting some fresh air at the beginning and end of your day also doesn’t hurt relieve some stress.
#4 Gym membership too much of a commitment? Try team sports or a class once a week
I have joined a gym that only costs $10 a month, but we aren’t all conveniently near such an inexpensive gym. Also, some of us will just never be good about going to a boring gym.
You can spice up your workout options by taking a dance class or joining an adult sports league team to keep it interesting. Just one day a week you get out and you socialize while you get your body moving. It should be something you look forward to!
I joined a kickball league with friends one fall and although we lost every game, it was a great time and was an easy commitment to make since it was also a social activity.
#5 Get on the dance floor at the bar
While I know you are out at the bar to drink, usually when you are inebriated enough, you lose all inhibitions (or most) and can more easily find yourself going hard on the dance floor.
Just because you are drinking doesn’t mean this movement of your body isn’t good for you. It’s good for the body and soul. Also, all the coolest people to meet are dancing hard!
Next time you go out with your girls, make it a point to get your groove on. I always know it’s been a good night when I wake up the next morning feeling like my legs are going to fall off from dancing the night away. Dancing can burn some serious calories, 443 calories per hour to be exact. And like this Cosmopolitan article says, sweat Saturday-night dance parties count. So don’t be afraid to tone up while you get down.
#6 Yoga (anyone can do it at home)
I’m not saying yoga is easy just because it’s on a list with the word lazy in the title…
I put yoga on this list because you can easily follow along with a youtube video in the comfort of your room or get all zen in your backyard.
Yoga is great not just for flexibility and strength but for relaxation. Mental health is as important as your physical health. Why not kill two birds with one stone?
My personal favorite is Yoga with Adriene. She is quirky and has a calming effect on me 🙂
I know I already mentioned walking to and from work, but generally, talking a walk is a good, healthy activity. With the invention of Pokemon Go, it’s not even boring! Take a sunset stroll with your music (or pokemon) and get 100 calories burned per mile walked.
Also, taking your lunch break? Can you walk to the lunch spot or walk to a local park to eat your bagged lunch? These are great ways to get out of your desk and out into the world. The break in your day with a little activity and fresh air can do a lot of good for your body.
#8 Do squats when you are waiting for your Uber or the DD
While you are waiting for your ride, why not throw in a couple reps of squats? Work on that booty before you go shake it out at the club!
If you want to do more than squats, you can also try some easy leg lifts or working your calves standing on your tippy-toes. It might not seem like a lot, but a little here and there throughout the day can really add up.
In fact, squats are one of the best exercises you can do because they activate your core and legs, and promote muscle growth around your entire body!
Any combo of these little activities can add up to real exercise
Take just a couple of these different activities and you can burn some real calories, blow off some steam, and generally just feel better. You may say you are always tired, but it really is true that exercise will energize you.
Everyone needs to start somewhere, even lazy girls like me. Starting small is the best way to go.
If you go to big too soon, you will stumble and get discouraged. Pick just one or two and set some small goals that will grow into bigger ones. I started this blog talking about small changes in your diet, and exercise is no exception to this philosophy.
It’s not just about mindful eating, mindful activity is a thing too.