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4 Exercises To Do Anywhere Anytime

Posted March 20, 2014 by Vivian Doan in Life After Five
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We all know that exercise is important but unfortunately we don’t always prioritize it into our daily lives. Of course it is ideal to extra hours in a day to go to run, hit the gym or take classes, but the reality is – responsibilities with work, family, and friends take precedence. However, sitting at a desk or in front of a computer all day means that it’s even more important to get moving and use your body.

Our no excuse solution is to fit in exercise wherever and whenever you can!

Whether you are preparing breakfast or on your daily commute – try incorporating these 4 exercises:

  1. Standing Balance – While you are brushing your teeth or preparing a meal in the kitchen, balance on one foot for 30 seconds, then switch to the other foot. This improves the muscles in both legs and engages your core –the  abdominal muscles that stabilize your spine. This is extremely important for good posture.  To incorporate variety into your Standing Balance, try bringing your lifted knee to your chest, which also further engages your lower abs.
  2. Strengthen your Pelvic Floor – Whether you are standing waiting for the train or sitting down driving to work, do pelvic floor exercises, also known as kegels. Engage and squeeze your pelvic floor so that your tailbone moves forward slightly and you feel engagement in your lower abdominal muscles. By building strength in this area, you will develop better posture as well as numerous other benefits.
  3. Inner Thigh Squeeze – While watching TV or sitting at your desk, place a pillow, purse or backpack, etc. between your inner thighs with your feet apart as wide as the object between your legs. Squeeze tightly for a few seconds and release.
  4. Calf Raises – Standing in line for lunch? Lift your heels up and balance on the balls of your feet. Engage your core

Although its ideal to fit in an hour or more of exercise a day, if you can’t make it today, try these exercises to make the most of your time!

About the Author

Vivian Doan

Vivian Doan is a globetrotting foodie that balances her endless appetite with fitness and a healthy lifestyle. She is a certified yoga teacher, personal trainer (NASM), former Bar Method instructor, and certified in TRX Suspension Training and INSANITY. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego and completed her Masters at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Originally from Southern California, Vivian is currently anchored in New York City as a Public Relations & Marketing Consultant for lifestyle brands.