You’ve got to have unyielding willpower to head straight to the gym from work in lieu planting yourself on your couch with a trusty Friends re-run, all in the name of fitness.
To those who don’t possess such willpower (i.e. us) – fret not. You no longer have to frantically google quick hacks to rid yourself of proof of a lifetime spent being a couch potato, or resign yourself to remaining eternally unfit. We’ve rounded up all the ways you can boost your fitness without so much as stepping foot in a gym. Here’s the lazy girl’s guide to making the maximum difference with minimal effort.
Stand up every hour
Stuck at your desk working (or your couch watching Netflix)? Just standing up and walking around for a few minutes every hour is enough to reset your posture and loosen body tension, while lifting your mood. But that doesn’t mean you have to be actively pacing – going to the toilet, making another cuppa, or popping over to your colleague for a cheeky chat is plenty.
Stay at home
That’s right. You heard it here first: you don’t have to leave your home, or even your couch, to fit in a workout. You can strengthen your muscles from the comfort of your own living room by doing simple exercises like the tricep dip, side lying clam, and hip lift (if those words mean nothing to you, opt for copying any Beyoncé onstage choreography ever).
Walk for at least 20 minutes a day
While specifying literally any length of time for walking can feel intimidating in itself, a 20 minute walk is super easy to fit into your daily schedule and it won’t leave you gasping for breath. We suggest taking a brisk walk after lunch to aid in digestion and boost your energy.
Sit in squat position for a few minutes a day
The squat is the natural resting position for human beings. Spending three minutes a day sitting in squat position not only keeps our hips flexible, but also aligns our digestive system for healthy bowel health. If you’re struggling to squat, rest assured you’re not alone. Years of sitting in desk chairs, commuting seated, and generally being couch potatoes have made it harder and harder for humans to sit in squat position.
Stretches are your friend
If moving around isn’t your forte, a quick stretching routine is vital for relieving stiffness and making sure your muscles remain flexible, strong and healthy. Take a moment to target as many muscle groups in your body as you can, from your shoulders, to your lower back and hamstrings. The best part is that you can do this literally anywhere; in bed, on the bus, or at your desk (if you can withstand a few stares).
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