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I go to the grocery store when it's not busy & walk the aisles very briskly. It's warm, no snow or ice, long aisles & very close to my house. I also bring grocery carts back inside. The employees appreciate the help (especially if it's cold outside) & I like helping. I also run errands as a favor for my DH...if he forgot something in the office above the garage --- I'll go get it -- I need the steps & stairs.
Having a fruit packed smoothie an hour+ before your workout will give you lasting energy throughout even an intense 60 minute cardio session! I used to try all sorts - protein, energy gels, caffeine - but I've found that fruit (both fresh fruit ad/or a smoothie) give an energy boost like no other! Give it a try!
Keep an exercise band in the pantry with the mop and broom. While watching whatever is on the oven or on the stovetop, do a 10+ minute strength training workout. You'll find that water comes to a boil a lot quicker than it used to!
I try to add extra leg lifts throughout the day while I'm washing dishes, waiting for something in the microwave, washing my hands, brushing my teeth, etc. You can get quite a few extra lifts in and it doesn't feel like I have to motivate myself to do it.
I use my surroundings to get in "extra" exercise. I "live" and work downstairs in my townhouse but the upstairs is part of my home/life and I have a list of things I can/need to do upstairs. I always use the upstairs bathroom, for example, not the downstairs one, etc.