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Whether you gained a few pounds, just had a baby, or whatever the reason, it’s hard to find more time to exercise with an already busy schedule.
Going to the gym may feel like a chore. It’s also pricey and time consuming.
You may wonder how you’re going to fit one more thing into your schedule.
Don’t get too discouraged though.
Thinking you need more time may be working AGAINST you!
There are simple time-saving tricks to incorporate exercise into your daily routine without spending a bundle. If you decide not to do this, you’ll miss out on the health benefits you deserve.
How to Be a Calorie Burning Fiend While Saving Money with Inspiration From 80s Music
Here are some exercises to spend less and burn calories inspired by music from the eighties.
1. Walk Like an Egyptian (The Bangles)
Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles was a number one song in 1986. Many people were walking and dancing like Egyptians (their interpretation) to a catchy tune. Walking is one of the simplest ways to get exercise.
Find easy ways to incorporate it into your routine. Try to increase the steps you take throughout the day. Walk on part of your lunch hour at work or get up a little earlier before your day starts.
If you have small children, keep them in a stroller and speed walk wherever you go. When shopping, park far away and walk back and forth to the store you are visiting. If you have extra time, briskly walk around the shopping plaza before or after shopping.
You can squeeze in extra exercise while window shopping. You’ll burn extra calories without spending any more money. The Surgeon General recommends 20 minutes of daily aerobic activity.
2. Every Step You Take (The Police)
Keep track of your steps and the calories you burn using the Free Pedometer App. When I had my first child, people always told me to sleep when the baby sleeps. I hated that. I wasn’t always tired and I didn’t need as much sleep as a baby.
My advice is walk when the baby sleeps (in your house). Go up and down the hallways or other areas where your baby won’t hear you. Do this even if you don’t have kids and just have down time.
Now that my kids are older, I continue to walk around my house while waiting for my daughters to get off the bus from school. My second daughter gets off twenty minutes later than the first. I took that time to continue walking in my halls, up the stairs and in front of the doorway while waiting. Walking in place counts as exercise too.
3. Might as Well Jump (Van Halen)
Continue walking or even jumping in place while watching T.V. It may be hard to actually watch a program while jumping in the air but you can do this exercise during commercials. You may even want to get a jump rope for added fun.
4. The Reflex (Duran Duran)
According to the SurgeonGeneral.gov, 40% of adults in the U.S. do not participate in any leisure-time physical activity. Consider making a game out of getting in shape. Play a free activity called “box tag”.
You will need a partner to play. You make a square outside with cones or by writing with chalk on the ground. The square has to be big enough for two people two fit inside. One person moves side to side and the other has to mimic that person’s moves while staying within the square. If you are a parent with older children, you can do this with your kids.
It’s an enjoyable way to incorporate family time or to catch up with a friend this way. This helps you stay active for free. These high speed drills work on your reflexes and your muscles at the same time. Get detailed instructions here.
5. Make exercising a high priority. (Multiple artists from the eighties.)
In the eighties, singers came together to help raise money for cancer. Their concert was called the High Priority Concert. Andy Warhol designed a t-shirt for the event that was sold on MTV.
Be inspired to make exercising a high priority in your life. Set an exercise goal and stick to it. A recent study suggests that people who write down their goals, share the information with a friend, and send a weekly update were on average 33% more successful in accomplishing their stated goals. Get a partner, grab a pen, write your goals down, and get going.
The Bottom Line
We may think it’s difficult to make extra time for exercise. Try incorporating it into your daily routine. You’d be surprised to find out how many calories you can burn without spending any money.
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