10 ways to exercise without trying

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No time for exercise? Try these sneaky tricks to work out with almost no effort at all…

1. Wash the car

Go on, it needs a good clean, anyway. If you’ve got a van, then you’llreally work up a sweat. Make sure to switch hands when you’re scrubbing to get a good, even workout.

2. Get off your trolley

No, not like that! Opt for a shopping basket rather than a trolley if you’re not planning a huge shop, and really work your upper body. If you really must use a trolley, once you’ve bagged everything up, carry it back to the car by hand.

3. Spring clean

Yep, that’s right. But we’re not talking a regular dust ’n’ wipe here; we’re talking moving the furniture, scrubbing the walls and all that jazz. It’ll get your heart going, and you’ll be rewarded with a sparkling house!

4. See the sights

How well do you know your local area? Set aside a day with friends to walk around the local sights, as if you were tourists. You may be surprised how many calories you burn in a day spent scurrying around on your feet.

5. Stairway to fitness

An oldie but a goldie: don’t even think about calling for that lift! Dragging yourself up the stairs might seem tough at first, but your fitness will step up in no time.

6. Have a break

Get into the habit of exercising whenever the TV show you’re watching hits an advert break. You can do crunches, run on the spot or even drop down into the plank position. Try to wait until your dinner goes down first, though.

7. Trim at your chair

If you work in an office, the chances are your posture will suffer as a result of hours sitting at a desk. Use your upper back, shoulders and abdominal muscles to maintain a good posture and try squeezing an air-disc between your thighs to work your adductors. Better still, sit on a Swiss ball.

8. Get in a fix

Burn those calories by getting stuck into some DIY around the house. Sanding walls, tiling floors and building cabinets all require serious strength, ladies.

9. Squeeze!
Stuck in traffic yet again? Don’t sit and stress: work your pelvic floor. You can even do it on the bus, but try not to scare the people around you!

10. Be a green goddess

Do you always duck out of cutting the lawn? Heaving a mower around is a great workout for your core, legs and arms – and is a major calorie burner.