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Fit Tip: Move While You Wait

Yesterday I went through my day and payed attention to all the times I am waiting. I waited in line at the grocery store, 5 minutes. I waited for the super-duper slow elevator here at Sugar HQ, 5 minutes. I waited for the bus in the morning, 10 minutes. I waited for my dog to find the absolutely perfect spot to relieve himself, 10 minutes (he's old and picky). I waited on hold with my hotel that screwed up a reservation, 10 minutes. That alone is 40 minutes of time that I spend waiting on any given day.

What I have decided is in the time I spend waiting, I could do little exercises. So for example, this morning while I waited for my dog to relieve himself, I did squats. When I was waiting for the elevator, and no one was there, I did more squats. I am not saying that you should drop and do 10 push ups in the middle of a crowded grocery store line, unless you don't embarrass easily, but just look at your day and really see where you spend time waiting and see how you can fit a little movement into it. Chances are you'll find pockets of 5 or 10 minutes where you can multitask and get fit while you wait.

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engineeredperfection engineeredperfection 8 years
To help break up the day at work, I do 1 minute wall-sits with my friend at work. It's a very short break, but it gets my blood pumping and body moving for a little while.
duffy duffy 8 years
Jamie Lynn Sigler talks about doing this too much when she had anorexia. You have to be careful that you don't become obsessed.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Yeah I have no issue with parking your car farther away on a regular basis, or multi-tasking at the gym, but if I find myself waiting 60 seconds on an elevator, I just hope I'm not obsessing so much about squeezing in extra exercise that I start doing jumping jacks. I just think you'd have to be really obsessed to have that reaction in a supermarket line. It's one thing to devote a lunch break to walking in order to squeeze activity in, it's another thing to not allow yourself 2 minutes to relax in a supermarket line!
julibul julibul 8 years
I do the opposite kinda...I bring my work to the gym. Bringing my reading assignments on the stationary bike allows me to get at least 30 minutes in...and I honestly can't go that long without focusing on something else besides how much the seat hurts my butt.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I sometimes do this kind of thing...I'll park at the farthest away spot at Walmart so I have to walk a long way to the door, or I'll make sure to walk my dog an extra long time or whatever. I try not to obsess, but I do like to squeeze in a bit of activity when I can.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
No, I'm sick of obsessing about exercise and diet.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I do calf raises a lot, when I'm waiting for laundry or just standing somewhere. Feels good!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I'm just surprised you take the elevator ;)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I do calf raises...ha.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I do calf raises...ha.
DreaAST DreaAST 8 years
I usually step side to side to keep moving.
Novaraen Novaraen 8 years
I do little exercises wherever and whenever i get the chance. If squats are too embarassing to do...you can just do some calf-raises. I like to do a nice butt-working exercise that dancers do. While standing...i will extend my leg back behind me, tightening my butt. Love this!!
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