People exercise for a variety of reasons, such as stress reduction, physical fitness, or recreation. The Center for Disease Control states that individuals should strive for 150 minutes of exercise per week using a combination of aerobic activity and muscle strengthening.
Traditionally, we think of exercise as an intense session filled with blood, sweat, and tears. Don’t let this stereotype scare you away from finding joy in movement. After all, exercise can include anything that gets the body moving, and our legs don’t have to feel like jello in order for an exercise to have health benefits.
Check out these creative ways to find movement, and you might not even realize you’re exercising.
Climb Stairs Two At A Time
Play With Your Children (or Babysit)
Wash Your Car by Hand
Complete a Home Improvement Project
Have a Dance Party
Play Active Video Games
Park at the Far End of the Parking Lot
Give More Piggy Back Rides
Use a Standing Desk
Play Yard Games
Get Off Public Transportation a Stop Early and Walk the Rest of the Way to Your Destination
Use a Basket Instead of a Cart While Grocery Shopping
Give Your Partner a Massage
Rake Leaves (suggested by reader, micahlegare1)