By Jessica Collins, our wonderful Special Events Intern
As a student, I got used to having a flexible schedule and lots of free time on my hands. But when I recently started working full-time, I was surprised to learn how quickly the day fills up.
It’s not always easy to find the time or energy to exercise when you have to work, especially if you work long hours or have kids or other commitments that require a lot of your spare time. But with a little creativity, it’s possible to find ways to turn everyday activities into ways to get in (or stay in) shape!
With less than a month until the Stairclimb for Clean Air, I thought I would share some of my creative exercise ideas with you, in the hopes that they’ll help you feel less guilty on those days you just can’t make it to the gym!
1. If you have a dog, modify your walk to include a set of stairs.
Check out schools and community centres – they often have outdoor stairs perfect for practicing on!
2. Take the stairs.
Whether you’re shopping at the mall, skytrain station or at school. It’s easy, doesn’t take much longer (sometimes it’s even faster than waiting for the elevator to arrive) and is excellent practice!
3. Look for convenient staircases to run.
If you are a student – check out the staircases on campus. For example, the stairs on either side of Convo Mall at SFU Burnaby would get you in shape in no time!
4. Lug your groceries.
If you live in an apartment building with an elevator, taking the stairs while carrying a few extra pounds of grocery bags gets you a full-body workout!
5. Host a Take the Stairs Day
You can challenge your workplace to a Take the Stairs Day to raise awareness of the event you’re participating in, raise some money, and perhaps even add a colleague or two to your team! The concept is simple: for one whole day, your coworkers will have to purchase an elevator pass if they want to take the lazy route – a great way to fundraise for the Stairclimb! We’ve even got tools like posters, elevator passes and much more to make it super easy!
What are your daily exercise ideas and tips?