16 Effortless Ways to Exercise

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

Get Freaky

Rake Leaves (suggested by reader, micahlegare1)

11 thoughts on “16 Effortless Ways to Exercise

  1. I can definitely relate with you – I am also on a journey to be a healthier and happier version of myself. And I love the way you put it so perfectly: we’re all here to learn, share, and grow! Although not experts, we all have valuable things to share. Great post! Thank you for following me!

  2. Kelly, well done. Picking one (I will not comment on the freaky one), parking further away from the store is an easy one. A buddy once noted people ride around the parking lot of the YMCA to get a parking place close AND they are going to work out. Keith

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