8 Ways to Exercise Without Actually Hitting the Gym

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With a little creativity, you can get in great shape without ever stepping near treadmills or dumbbells, promise.

Exercise does not always equal treadmills. Often times, we associate working out with the idea of having to go to the gym, but traditional workouts are no longer the only way to get fit—there are plenty of more fun, enjoyable ways to earn those exercise endorphins.

When visiting the gym isn’t an option—or you’re just not interested in sweating your edges out, sneak one of these easy get-fit ideas into your life, sit back and wait for the payoff!

1. Take a walking tour of your city.
A fun way to spice up your “workout" is to take a walking tour. Not only will you end up with some awesome photos for the ‘gram, but you’ll squeeze in some easy exercise along the way.

2. Pick up the pace.
Speaking of walking, when you do so, pick up the pace a bit. According to exercise physiologist Tom Holland, a brisk walk—an effort of 5 or 6 on a scale of 10—can burn up to 340 calories an hour.

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3. Get off the bus or train a stop early.
If your morning commute relies heavily on public transportation, this is a great way to amp things up early in your day. Combined with a brisk pace, getting off a stop early will burn tons of calories. Just remember to give yourself a little extra time to get to and from places. No matter how strong your stride is, it’s no match for the train even on its slowest day. 

4. Skip the elevator and take the stairs. 
We've all heard about how climbing stairs is an amazing workout for your legs and butt, but stair climbing can also strengthen your lungs and heart, so go ahead and take the long way to your office floor. 

5. Sit and squeeze your core. 
Cue the easiest ab workout ever. When you’re at your desk or on your way to work, sit up straight and squeeze your abs tight. This simple trick will have you that much closer to that six pack. Plus, the stronger your abs are, the better your posture is. 

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6. Channel chores into fitness.
Face it: we all have our chore list, which can make weekends a drag. The good news? Many of those chores can pay off in more ways than just having a clean bathroom. Think about it: washing a sink full of dishes equals a killer arm workout and you don’t even have to leave the house. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!  

7. Spend your day volunteering.

Volunteering to help build a home with Habitat for Humanity or cleaning up a park is a simple way to get those endorphins going and muscles burning, while improving your community at the same time. 

8. Ditch the shopping cart.
Nix the cart and grab a hand basket to carry your groceries or even use two reusable shopping bags. By carrying the heavy basket or bags you’ll strengthen your arms and shoulders—just be sure they’re not too heavy. Back pain is never fun.

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