Please note these are member-submitted secrets and are not reviewed by SparkPeople's health experts for accuracy. If you feel a secret is inappropriate, please click the "Report Inappropriate Secret" on the secret's page and our staff will review it.
I am a regular weight lifter/gym goer, but I still do the classic "park as far away from the business as possible". And I try to walk places that aren't unreasonable far apart. Really adds up on my step tracker!
If there's a rainy Saturday or a spare evening, I'll set the timer for 20 minutes, turn on music or news, go into a room and clean what needs to be done. When the timer is done, I reset it, go to another location and repeat. Then repeat. After three or four units, some of which are vigorous, some not, I take a twenty minute tea and snack break, then go again. In three hours the house is clean, I feel great and I've moved nonstop for a big chunk of time. It works!
I do a short burst of light cardio to wake myself up in the morning , a few sun salutations when I'm stressed, a walk with my dog when I need some quiet time, and yoga to help my insomnia. Exercise is now inevitable part of my routine.
They say "you're only one workout away from a good mood"-SO TRUE!.
I love the free "7 minutes" app. It has a series of exercises (e.g. planks, push-ups, lunges, squats, jumping jacks) done in 30 second intervals followed by a 10 second break. I use it on my regular 5k lunch-time walks (do it at my half way point), while on the road (in my hotel room) or anytime I want to sneak in a quick work out. I don't always follow the exercises they direct you to do. The 30 second timer followed by a 10 second break is very useful on its own to do the exercises you want to do.