The Non-Workout Workout

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The Non-Workout Workout

Besides setting aside a specific block of time to exercise, there are also many ways to easily get in more exercise. With a few simple moves, you can burn more calories, improve strength and flexibility, and get healthier all day long. Here are some of the ways to sneak more fitness into your day. Calorie-expenditure approximations are based on a 130-pound woman. If you weigh more, you'll burn more calories.

At work

1. Break your e-mail habit. Instead of typing a message, walk to your boss's or co-worker's office as much as possible and deliver the news in person.

2. Window-shop at lunch. Brown-bag a healthy lunch, and spend the time you would've spent waiting to be served at a restaurant window-shopping or running errands instead.

3. Take a midafternoon walk break. Rather than visiting the vending machine when an energy slump hits, slip outside and take a brisk walk for 15 minutes. Do it just four out of five days, and you've added an hour of exercise to your week.

4. Stretch. Hamstring muscles get especially tight while sitting at your desk, and can lead to lower backache. Do this hamstring stretch: Stand, bend your right knee and shift your weight as if to sit back, straightening your left leg, heel on the ground, and lifting your toes. Hold for 20 seconds; switch legs.

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