This is How You Can Exercise Without Even Noticing

Ever wish you could get the benefits for exercise with our actually noticing?

Surely even the most workout-loving gym bunny wouldn’t say no to getting fit without having to work up a sweat.

Well let us introduce you to the concept of “piggybacking”

As suggested by Edward Phillips, MD, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, on Harvard Health “piggybacking” is a clever concept to help you slip more physical activity into your average day.

Exercise Image via @ headstandsandheels on Instagram
Image via @ headstandsandheels on Instagram

In the article, Phillips encourages people to “find creative ways to ‘piggyback’ activity onto things you’re already doing regularly.

So think standing or walking every time you’re talking on the phone, or making daily walks or runs the time you listen to your favorite podcasts or audiobooks.

Other examples include parking far away from the entrance of a store when going shopping, or park in a central location and walk to as many shops as possible – clocking up extra steps all while you indulge in some retail therapy.

Street Style (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images

“You can even use toothbrushing time to get in a little balance exercise,” he recommends. P

Phillips actually “uses an electric toothbrush that buzzes every 30 seconds, which prompts him to switch from standing on one leg to the other leg.”

The article literally gives you zero reason to have exercise excuses.

Next time you’re faced with the option of stairs or elevator you know which one to take…


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