Not everyone wants to spend hours at the gym. Most people don’t. A lot of times people work hard all day and don’t want to eat up what little free time they have for hobbies by going to the gym and doing what feels like punishment. This doesn’t mean you can find creative and easy ways to get physical activity into your day without your body asking what it did to deserve this torture.
Below are five easy ways to sneak in some physical activity without feeling like you got attacked by a crazed bugbear.
5. Parking in the farthest spot in the parking lot.
This is self-explanatory. Just pretend you are Frodo simply walking into Mordor. This is a quick and easy way to get steps in and plus, chances are you won’t be parking near anyone, so you won’t have to worry about people dinging your car!
4. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
This might be a daunting task for those who work on 69th floor but start small. Take the elevator to the 68th floor and walk up one flight of stairs. Slowly progress and you might be surprised as to how far you can actually go.
3. Get some reps in during your favorite show.
How many hours do you spend watching TV or YouTube? I’m not saying you need to sacrifice that time to go to they gym. That is probably the only time you actually get to sit and relax and wind down for the night. What I am suggesting is that every 15 minutes do something. You could do 5 pushups, 5 body weight squats, or 10 crunches. These might not seem like a lot, but that’s 4 sets an hour. That shit adds up. Bonus points if you stand while watching your show. That also counts as physical activity.
2. Do some reps between matches and games.
This is the same concept above, but if you wind down by playing video games or games with your friends and family. When you’re in the lobby between matches in COD or waiting for the next opponent in MTG Arena, do some exercise. This actually has two purposes. First, you are getting exercises, obviously, but this will also increase blood flow to the brain and muscles so it can make you more awake and alert so you can be more alert and have sharper skills.
What if you only play single player RPGs? They don’t have matches or any PVP elements. Easy, do some reps after you turn in a quest or hit a turning point in the story. If it was a small side quest, do something small like 10 pushups. If it was something bigger like ending a major story arc, do a small exercise circuit like 10 squats, 10 pushups, and 10 crunches. That way you can stay awake and alert to kill those bastard enemies.
1. Enact what your character does!
This one is my favorite. How many times have you sat at the table of a D&D game and waved your arms in the air mimicking what your character was doing when the DM asked you, “How do you want to do this?” Well, do this, but with the full body. Whether you’re playing an epic D&D campaign or slaying beasts as Geralt of Rivia, mimic everything they do and you will undoubtedly be sweating after a long combat. This is also pretty much LARPing and you might love doing this so much you decide to pick up a new hobby!
See, who said tabletop and video games are for the lazy. I hope you find these tips and tools useful. Stay tuned for more!
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