Your schedule may not permit you to go to the gym but you can still be physically active and boost your metabolism by using a bit of creativity in planning your day. Here are some ways to fit exercise into a busy day:

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  1. Dance or do aerobics at home. No one is watching, anyway. If you like, include the little ones and turn it into a game.
  2. Get into some vigorous sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming. These types of housekeeping chores can burn a significant number of calories.
  1. In a sedentary job, take your breaks outdoors and have a brisk, short walk. You’ll also improve your concentration and mood.
  1. We’ve all heard the benefits of taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Everything you’ve heard is true.
  2. Likewise, getting off the bus or subway a stop or two before your destination on a regular basis adds up to a lot of heart-healthy walking.

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  1. If you’ve got a young sports enthusiast in the family, play along. Shooting baskets and kicking a soccer ball around the yard are great ways to get your heart pumping. Thirty minutes of cardio training is recommended, but even five to 10 minutes will elevate your energy and speed your metabolism.
  2. Do yoga or Pilates while you or the kids unwind in front of a movie. While watching TV, do push-ups or sit-ups during commercials. Even one per commercial during a two-hour movie can give you some good exercise.
  3. Practice stretching or light yoga moves while talking on the phone, listening to the news, or while dinner is cooking.
  4. Find the high-energy items on your to-do list and tackle these when you need physical activity. Think about washing the car, digging the garden or reorganizing a closet.
  5. Get up 15 to 30 minutes earlier than the rest of the family and use this time for a run, a walk, or some stretching and yoga.

 

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