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Four ways to stay fit without leaving the house

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Few people have enough time in the day to accomplish all they want, and fitness frequently falls to the last slot of the priorities list. Here are four ideas that won’t take much time from a busy schedule.

Hit the stairs. Doing laps up and down a set of stairs keeps strength and when done at the right pace, yields great cardio work. You can still get to that upper or lower floor like normal, but take three trips up and down the stairs instead. This is an easy way to attain the popular goal of 10,000 steps per day.

Watch TV. During the commercial breaks, alternate sets of thirty second strength and cardio moves. Strength moves would include all types of crunches, push ups, and leg lifts. Cardio moves would include jumping jacks, jump rope (without the rope), mountain climbers (standing or on floor), jogging with high knees, and “fast feet.” You’ll have fifteen minutes of work done without sacrificing TV time.

Brush your teeth and comb your hair…while squatting. Using either a wide plié (sumo squat) or traditional chair position, you can strengthen your thighs and backside. By doing the things you normally do with your upper body, you also add an abdominal element if you performed your squats on half-toe. No extra time necessary.

Wash the dishes by hand. Standing at the sink to wash the dishes is normal. Take it up a notch by using a wide or narrow stance, then raise up to the balls of your feet (called eleve in ballet) for a challenging period of time. Your core will work to maintain your balance.

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