Workout Wednesday: Passive Exercise


So this morning I was awake by 6:15am and have to be out the door by 6:45. Usually I budget at least an hour and half to wake up, workout out, shower, write this lovely little blog, then eat. This morning, no way! So I will be coming home at lunch for a quick workout and shower, but for those of you who have had the workout time squeezed out of your schedule on any given day, here are a few passive workout tips.

These should never be substituted for a real workout but should be daily rules to live by so that you don’t feel so bad when you just literally don’t have the time.

1) Always take the stairs. Always. When you get off the train and see that massive, daunting set of 12,000 stairs, look at it as your mini goal for the next 5 minutes and go for it!

2) Park far from the store entrance. If you’re in a hurry, even better, that mean’s you’ll power walk to and from your car.

3) Carry your groceries rather than bringing the cart out. There have been days when I have so many groceries in my arms that people think I’m insane, BUT I also have very sore arm muscles by the time I get to my car.

4) Do calf raises while standing in line. Again, you may look kind of weird bouncing up and down but after a few reps, people stop looking and after a few minutes, your calves are workin’ hard.

5) And this is less workout and more just something to live by, stand up straight! Always! This not only tightens your core and makes you more stable in your real workouts but it’s so good for your current and future spine health to have great posture.

Ok time to brush my teeth and head out! I hope you’re all having fantastic days.

Smile 🙂


6 thoughts on “Workout Wednesday: Passive Exercise

  1. wartica

    When I was in college, parking far away was something I always tried to do; they also had stairs in the buildings , which I would always take as well:)

  2. Ruth Rainwater

    Great ideas! There are also ‘chair’ exercises I can do at work to keep the circulation pumping. I also have this handy little book called “Office Yoga” with simple poses to do throughout the day or in the car to relieve tension.

  3. Tish

    I bought a yoga ball to sit on when I’m doing work in a feeble attempt to counteract the zillions of hours that I sit down. I also go to this one cafe where the tables are high enough to stand up while you work. The posture point you made is really important too! Also makes you look way skinnier. Before/after photos are usually done by changing posture to a large extent! xoxo

    1. ahappylass Post author

      Tish! That’s pretty interesting about the before and after photos. Also, my mom has been doing the ball sitting for years and she looks pretty bomb-diggity so I would say keep it up.


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