1. Make your home a fitter place
To help you flex your muscles more often, leave a set of dumbbells near your microwave and do curls while heating up dinner. Put a yoga mat next to the bed so you can do downward dogs when you get up or at bedtime. Hang a resistance band on the bathroom doorknob and strength-train while the tub fills up. Or use a stability ball as a desk chair to engage your core when paying bills.
2. Inconvenience yourself
Instead of always doing things the easy or fast way (standing on escalators, using valet parking), rethink the services that curb your activity level. Even tiny changes can make a difference. So don’t have someone else run upstairs to grab your sweater, for example; fetch it yourself.
3. Reinvent date night
If your usual evening out consists of dinner and a movie , consider bonding in a more active way, like dinner and dancing or taking in a museum exhibition.
4. Look at yourself
No, really. Put a mirror in front of the treadmill. Researchers have found that people who watch themselves while working out exercise faster with less effort. Eyeing yourself can make a new exercise routine feel easier.
5. Desk exercise
To squeeze in a few moves at work, download Break Pal, a program that pops up on your monitor every 30 minutes with a three-minute routine . When the phone rings, take the call standing up to burn 10 percent more calories than you would chatting in a chair.
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