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Skip the Gym, Work Up a Sweat (at Home)

 

Think you need to go to the gym to get a body that's really strong and sculpted? Not so. Try one of these out-of-the-gym moves.

Hover squat Hover above a chair seat as if you were going to sit down, without letting your butt or thighs touch the seat. Hold for 30 seconds, building up to 1 minute. Do these whenever you get a moment, aiming for once an hour.

Kitchen dip Every time you're in the kitchen, perform triceps dips using a kitchen chair: Stand in front of a chair as if you were going to sit down, then bend knees and lower hips, placing hands on the seat edge, fingers pointing forward, arms straight. Walk feet forward, and with feet flat and torso erect, bend and straighten arms, keeping butt close to chair seat without touching it. Do 8–15 reps.

Shopping squeeze As you push your shopping cart, or whenever you're walking, contract your butt muscles as tightly as you can and keep them contracted as you walk. (No one has to know!)

Commercial crunch Anytime a commercial comes on while you're watching television, do an ab exercise of your choice until the show you're watching returns; pick a new ab move for each ad.

Telephone walk Whenever you're on a cellular or cordless phone at home, walk around for the duration of the conversation. (Wear a pedometer and see the steps add up.)

Balancing act When you brush your teeth, or while standing at the kitchen sink, lift one leg slightly and bend and straighten your standing leg to perform one-legged squats. Tighten your buttocks and keep your abs contracted as you squat. After 10–15 reps, switch legs and repeat.

Want to slim down without the extra effort? Try these everyday tasks to get fit.

If you...
bike to the beach vs. circle around lot looking for parking
In 10 minutes, you can burn...
60 calories

If you...
mow the lawn vs. paying a neighbor to do it
In 10 minutes, you can burn...
45 calories

If you…         
wash dishes vs. running the dishwasher                 
In 10 minutes, you can burn…
23 calories

If you...
shovel snow vs. waiting for it to melt
In 10 minutes, you can burn...
62 calories 

If you...
play volleyball with a new boyfriend vs. go to the movies
In 10 minutes, you can burn...
30 calories

If you...
wash and wax your car vs. pay $10 and drive through car wash
In 10 minutes, you can burn...
45 calories

* Calorie information found using the Calories Burned Calculator at HealthStatus.com and were calculated based on a person weighing 135 lbs. Care has been taken to make sure the calculators and tools are generating correct results, but no guarantee is made that the results are accurate. The health tools use professionally accepted and peer reviewed algorithms to calculate their results or simple mathematical equations.

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