8 Fun Ways to Squeeze Fitness Into Your Busy Days

8 Fun Ways to Squeeze Fitness Into Your Busy Days

Use these easy tips to boost your strength and get fit faster, without hitting the gym.


By Lorraine Allen

Finding time to hit the gym regularly can be challenging for super-busy moms. But because fitness is so important for moms’ health, here are eight great ways you can sneak some exercise into your day. Over time, if you make a habit of doing these fun moves (or your own variations on them) as you go about your day, you’ll be able to crank out more reps faster and easier as your muscles get stronger and your stamina improves.

1. Lost something under the couch? This is a perfect opportunity to do the plank for 60 seconds, a move that works and tones your whole body in no time. Want to feel even stronger? Take a 15-second break, and hold another 60-second plank, or work your way up over time to a 2-minute plank, a milestone for great fitness.

2. Reaching for a book on a top shelf? Use the opportunity to stretch your tense shoulders, neck, and back. These target areas hold a lot of tension, and can always benefit from a good stretch to increase blood flow, loosen tightness, and improve mobility.

3. Folding or switching laundry? Squeeze in 20 squats as you move the clothes from basket to shelf, or washer to dryer­– a great way to tone the entire lower body. Don’t let knees extend over the tips of your toes when you bend down, to avoid straining them. Instead, push your tush farther back out behind you, as you bend down, to strengthen your backside.

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4. Carrying heavy grocery bags? Use them as weights and practice bicep curls, or arm lifts, keeping your wrists and forearms strong and straight (not bent,) and raising bags up to shoulder height, then down again. Do a few sets of 10 reps as you walk.

5. Got a pesky fly buzzing around your office? Bust out 30 jumping jacks while you try to catch it. Is it hiding under your desk? Work on some modified push-ups while you track it down.

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6. Standing in line again? Here's your chance to tone your legs and backside with some discreet toe lifts or less discreet lunges, as you move forward.

7. Sitting in traffic? Perfect time for pelvic floor exercises or shoulder or neck rolls. And those always feel sooo good!

8. Walking the dog or taking out the trash? Take a jog or bust out a sprint around your block a couple of times, resting for 60 to 90 seconds in between to catch your breath.

How do you squeeze fitness into your day?


Lorraine Allen is a writer and mom to one spunky first grader and one squirrel-obsessed dog. You can follow their allergy-friendly cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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