Here are five simple easy work-out tips. When you think you have no time or energy to workout, try these tips.
1. Spend a lot of time cooking in the kitchen? Hold two 14-ounce cans, one in each hand, palms down. Raise your arms straight out in front of you until they are parallel to the floor. Pause, then slowly return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times.
Benefit: Strengthens your shoulder muscles and your grip.
2. Spend a lot of time in chairs? Do chair squats. Stand in front of a sturdy chair as if you’re going to sit down; raise your arms straight in front of you. Bend your knees and slowly lower yourself onto the chair; lightly touch down and then stand back up. Repeat 10-15 times.
Benefit: Strengthens thighs and glutes.
3. Spend time at counters or in front of the sink? Hamstring kicks are fun. Stand facing a counter (hold on for balance). Shift your weight to one leg, and bring your other heel up toward your buttocks. Hold and squeeze for a few seconds. Return your
leg to the starting position, then lift it straight out to the side, and again back down. Repeat 15 times with each leg.
Benefit: Works hamstrings and outer-thigh muscles.
4. Waiting in line at the mall? Try calf lifts. Rise up on your toes and hold for 3 seconds. Lower; repeat 15 times.
Benefit:Tones and strengthens calf muscles.
Also try a balance challenge.
Shift your weight to one foot and raise the opposite foot (hold on to something for balance if you need to). See how long you can keep your balance. Repeat with the other leg.
Benefit: Strengthens the supporting leg and improves balance.
5. Find yourself standing at the buffet table or in line to order food? Tighten your abdominal muscles as if preparing to take a punch. Hold and squeeze for 5 to 10 seconds. Release and repeat 10 times.
Benefit: Strengthens abdominal and core muscles.
Give these a try and let me know what you think!
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For over 15 years, Shelli has been a freelance writer and wellness habit coach on Joyinmovement. She writes about brain fitness, creating a healthy lifestyle, traveling the world, and making positive habits stick. Stop procrastinating! Take action, join her free newsletter.