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Exercises to Do While Standing in Place

Don't Just Stand There! Burn Some Calories

There are plenty of times during the day when you may find yourself standing around. Maybe you're waiting for the bus or subway, riding the elevator by yourself, or maybe sautéing veggies. Even though you are standing in place, you don't have to stand still. There are plenty of ways for you to move your body around and burn a few extra calories. Some of these you may want to hold off on and try in the privacy of your own home.

  • Stand with your feet together and lift both heels up and down.
  • Stand with your feet under your hips and sway from side to side, and do circular motions with your hips clockwise and then counterclockwise.
  • Bend your leg behind you, grab onto your foot and stretch the front of your right quad. Do both sides. Here's more details on this quad stretch.
  • Bend one knee and kick your foot back behind you, and then quickly alternate between sides.
  • Stand tall and alternate bending one knee up to your chest and then the other. Do slow, controlled movements to work your abs, or make the moves quicker to get your heart rate up.

Want to see what else you can do? Then

  • To warm up your hips and tone your abs, stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-width distance apart, and do figure eights with your hips (it's a belly dancing move).
  • Run or hop in place.
  • Do side leg raises to work your outer thighs.
  • Do some squats.
  • If you're in line at the grocery store, pick up something in your cart and do bicep curls.
  • Do tree pose or another balancing yoga posture.

Alright, maybe most of these you wouldn't want to try out in public, but you can always try them during a commercial break or something.


Join The Conversation
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
i'm always twitching. a little leg shaking or hip rolling at the grocery store doesn't embarass me at all.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
I used to do this, but I realized that I become OBSESSED with this type of 'burn extra calories all day!' method. It keeps my mind on exercise all day, which is not good because it affects every part of my life when I get too obsessive with it. If I feel like dancing for fun, I will, but I will never force myself to do squats while waiting in line at Disneyland. Although, I tighten my abs EVERY chance I get to make it a habit.
susanec susanec 9 years
While functional fitness tips are great and it's good to be conscious of being active, it's not good to get locked into that "must move all the time" mentality. That can be a ED thing for some people who take it way too far. Most people won't but it can be a red flag for people who can't/won't sit and have to be ddoing something/tallying calories(and aren't ADD whatever).
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
I stuff like this when I'm in the shower waiting to rinse out conditioner and stuff :P Also, I do leg lifts to work my abs and bicycle movements with my legs at my desk at work since I'm sitting most of the day. I try to fit in at least 30 minutes total of this a day and I've already noticed more tone in my legs and stomach.
kgtg1 kgtg1 9 years
Ha, I laughed out loud thinking of the concierge watching me on camera doing circular motions with my hips on the elevator. These are good tips, but I think I'll have to pass.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Honeslty....I don't think I am going to do bicep curls in a grocery store with a can...
pixelsugar pixelsugar 9 years
This is awesome. I usually try not to stand still everywhere I wait in line. It makes me feel better about myself when I skipped exercise to grab a latte with my friend.
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
Whenever I'm doing the dishes or ironing, I just put on some music and do 'tuck and release' ab crunches (anyone know Charlene Jhonson from Turbo Jam? It's one of her signature moves)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Simple yet effective tips...
weightlossguru weightlossguru 9 years
LOL too... some of these are quite wacky... it's just not going to happen... however it is a great idea to use idle standing time for stretching or core work
Spectra Spectra 9 years
LOL, oh man, I know this was meant to be helpful, but I cannot see myself in line at the store doing bicep curls with a can of soup or bag of apples. People would seriously stare. And much as I'd love to do squats while I'm in line at the bank, I think people would think I had to use the restroom or something. Maybe save these tricks for when you're at home? Well, I guess I would do the toe raises in public. That's not TOO weird I guess.
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