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10 ways to slip in exercise into your daily routine

In today's hectic life, time is of the essence. Our most common excuse for not exercising is, “we have no time”. And it is a legit issue. But fear not, I have mastered 10 ways to slip in exercise in ways you won't even realise it's possible.

1. Wake-me-up 50s

Wake up 30 minutes earlier than your scheduled time, and do 50 crunches and 50 push ups. This will do wonders for your abs (you know you want those sculpted abs) and aid to kick start your metabolism for the day. Switch up your morning routine and make it more interesting.

2. Take the long way

Include small activities resembling exercise in your life. Take the stairs instead of an elevator. Walk up to a co-worker instead of email to relay/discuss information. If any distance is travelable by rickshaw, ditch the rickshaw and walk. Honestly, these will not even feel like exercise when they become a habit.

3. Stand and flex

While waiting in queues in supermarket and banks (we know how dreary it can be), flex your abs 10-20 times, for 10 seconds. Time will fly faster and you will feel those abs growing stronger.

4. Work, work, work your arms

When shopping at supermarket, unless you are doing a month's worth of shopping, use the baskets to carry your groceries. Turn your supermarket trip into a workout session. Believe me, your arms will thank you for it.

5. 10 minutes is enough

Take a 10 minute break ever 3-4 hours to stretch your legs and walk around the office. This will not only sneak in the exercise you need, it will also help you feel more energised as continuous work can get monotonous and cause fatigue.

6. Play to exercise

If you have kids, great! Play with them. Hide and seek, races, cricket, football, basically anything they are up to. Not only is this great exercise, it is great for bonding between you and your kids.

7. Do some housework

Walk, jog, stretch while waiting for your food to heat up, your child to finish homework, and so on. Use all these little wait times to slip in a bit of stretch, or a bit of walking and jogging.

8. Entertain & exercise

While watching the latest episode of The Flash, don't just be a couch potato and watch. Get off your bum and be active. Lift weights. A bit of jumping jack here and there. A few crunches and push ups. Edge in a few lifts while browsing your Facebook newsfeed. The combinations are endless, and you get your package of entertainment and exercise.

9. Crank up the dial

Turn up the volume on your phone/iPod and bring out all your best dance moves. You know you want to. This rocking your body will help you feel more energised, in your heart, body and soul.

10. Stick to a routine

Fix a period of your day and time for workout. This doesn't have to be a long, 20-30 minutes will do. And stick to it, no matter what. This will become a part of your daily routine and will not feel like a burden. 

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