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How often do you exercise?  If you’re like many adults today, the answer is probably “not enough.”

Between work, taking care of a family, and all your other responsibilities, it may seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day.  When this is the case, exercise often gets pushed to the bottom of your to-do list.  What if exercise didn’t have to be so much of a hassle?

In your daily routine, a few minutes of physical activity here and there can really start to add up.  Setting aside 30- to 60-minute blocks of time might sound daunting.  Instead, try thinking of exercise in terms of short, 10-minute bursts throughout your day.

Here are some ideas to get you started!

At Home

  • Maybe your morning routine involves grabbing a cup of coffee and reading the newspaper. When you step outside to pick up the paper, go for a quick walk or jog around the neighborhood.
  • While cooking dinner or waiting for a load of laundry to finish, try doing some jumping jacks or standing push-ups. (Standing push-ups are simple – instead of placing your hands on the floor, lean at an angle against a wall or kitchen counter.)
  • If you have kids or pets, make it a point to play outside with them after dinner or on the weekends. You probably won’t even realize you’re exercising!

At Work

  • If you live close enough, you might consider walking or even biking to work.
  • Gather a group of co-workers and walk to lunch when possible. The fresh air will be a nice change of atmosphere.
  • Taking a water break? Head to the nearest set of stairs and spend a good portion of your break climbing.  This is especially beneficial if you’ve been sitting at a desk all day.  A little bit of physical activity may help your day pass by faster!

On the Go

  • If you’re on a road trip, pull over at an exit to get out and stretch. Then, take a quick walk around.  As an added bonus, you’ll get to take in the sights of a new area!
  • Booking a hotel room? Try to get a room between the 4th and 8th  Then, skip the elevator in favor of the stairs.
  • When traveling via airplane, don’t view your luggage as a burden. Hauling suitcases around is almost like working out with free weights.  Furthermore, avoid those moving walkways when possible.

There are plenty of ways to get a little physical activity, regardless of where you are.  Use the ideas presented above or brainstorm some of your own.  The important thing is that you start integrating exercise into your daily life!