Do you plan on exercising this weekend? Do you find yourself saying that you don’t have time? Can’t squeeze it in? Don’t know what to do? The good news is that you don’t have to be at a gym to get in a great workout. And it definitely doesn’t have to be complicated. There are so many ways to accumulate activity that can add up to significant benefits, as long as you stay consistent and incorporate good nutrition.
Ziploc® brand continues to provide clever ideas within their Ziploc® Fresh 180 campaign. This time, it’s “Running Errands…Literally!” which calls for fitting in some old-fashioned calorie burning while staying productive and tackling the to-do list. Here are some helpful tips:
Hit the Mall
Walk around the mall. Who wouldn’t enjoy this kind of workout? (I should have suggested this to my clients a long time ago.)
Walking is the number one form of exercise and it’s something you can do regardless of the weather outside. I parked at the far end of the lot and treated the extra distance to the entrance as my warm-up. Once inside, it’s all about doing laps—the outer perimeter of a store, or within a section or two of the mall. The secret is not to let the cute shoes or latest bag in the store windows slow you down. You can always power-walk back at the end of your workout for some actual shopping, but for now, it’s time to focus on fitness. Here’s where you want to make sure that you’re going at a pace that’s faster than your usual leisurely stroll. Can you challenge yourself to amp up your heart rate or even break a little sweat? If you’re apprehensive, believe me when I tell you it’s worth it. You’d be surprised by what you can accomplish in just twenty minutes.
Ditch the Shopping Cart
While at the grocery store opt for a basket (or two) with handles for some quick upper body exercise. As you fill the baskets on each arm, you can use them as weights. I did this for a little bicep and shoulder work as I browsed the aisles and this was challenging. The weight of the baskets, plus a good number of repetitions, can really add up (just don’t fill those baskets too full that they become too heavy). I also did a few extra repetitions with the grocery bags at home before unloading the goods.
Lastly, it’s always a good reminder to stay fueled up, so don’t forget to drink water and have a quick energy snack before or after your workout. I always have a stash of Ziploc® brand snack bags in my car, packed with nuts for protein, mixed with a little dried fruit.
These are some great examples of how there are truly no excuses for fitting in exercise. Have fun and get fit while getting things done.
Disclaimer: I was paid to develop this post and to provide related images for Ziploc®. As always, all opinions are my own.
Photos: Faith Dey