04 May Incidental Exercise
So what is incidental exercise?
Essentially it is any activity that you build up in small amounts during the day. You probably don’t even realise you are doing…or not doing it until you make an effort to increase it.
Why is it important?
We all know the importance of physical activity and many of us make the effort to do some sort of organised training throughout our week. But physical activity can also be accumulated in small incidental amounts that can really add up and keep us moving and active all day! Combine both organised training with incidental exercise together to produce great results in your health and fitness.
How do I increase my incidental exercise?
- Walk, walk, walk!! Walk to work, walk to the shops, walk the kids to school, walk the dog. Even parking the car a few streets away from where you need to go and walking the remainder of the way can make all the difference!
- Take the stairs. Avoid the escalators and elevators and take the stairs.
- Use the photocopier, coffee room or toilet on a different floor at work. Using the stairs, of course!
- Get out in the garden and use that body. You will be surprised at how much physical activity can be exerted by mowing and digging.
- Ditch the hired help and get stuck into the housework yourself. Put on your fav tunes and boogie your way to a clean house and a great body.
- Plan active outings with friends and family. Not all get togethers need to happen around the dinner table. Head to the beach, the park or go hiking together.
- Get active while watching TV. Use the ad breaks to pump out push ups, squats, crunches and burpees! See how many you can do and try and beat it. How many squats can you fit in while waiting for the kettle to boil or the toast to cook…get creative and make it fun!