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Exercise Bytes:
Got a Couple Minutes? Get Moving!

Do you really believe you don't have time to workout? We're about to prove you wrong. You can fit exercise into the smallest pocket of time, no matter where you are or what you are doing. Fitness, after all, isn't just working out one hour a day, three times a week — it's a way of life. When your schedule won't let you set aside time for a full, warm-up-to-cool-down exercise routine, you need to be resourceful and find little pockets of time to toss in some activity, or ways to multitask that involve movement. Once you get used to thinking fit throughout your day, you'll discover that anytime is the right time to get active!

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Here are a few tips to make it easy for you to fit in an exercise byte or two, no matter where you are:

  • If possible, always wear comfortable shoes. Athletic shoes, of course, are ideal, but at the very least avoid high heels and wear shoes that aren't stiff. For women, if your work requires that you wear dressy, high-heeled shoes, bring comfortable alternative footwear along and change into them when you run errands, or whenever you don't have to have your feet dressed up.
  • Dress comfortably whenever you can. Avoid waistbands that make you feel constricted and shirts that keep you from moving your arms around. This is not just for exercise, but for the overall health of your body — if it gets used to having its movements restricted, you'll actually become less strong and flexible. Clothes that allow full range of movement really do wonders for your body, and even your disposition. And this goes double in the area of shoes — even if they are the dressy kind, make sure they fit properly. The small injuries, sores and pains caused by poor footwear will negatively affect your hips, spine and shoulders. By wearing shoes that are good for your feet, you can make positive changes to your whole body.
  • Bring some dumbbells to the office. No, you don't have to set up a whole rack — just one pair will do. Most women will find either 3 or 5-pound weights work for them; men may opt for something heavier. (For those times you want to use more weight, you can just hold both dumbbells in one hand.) In any case, one pair tucked away in or under your desk will come in handy. If you're feeling really ambitious and you have a fair amount of privacy, also pack some exercise bands.
  • No matter where you are or whether you are sitting or standing, practice good posture — straight back, shoulder blades down, abs pulled in. If standing, slightly tuck in your glutes to keep your pelvis in neutral position. Not only is all this good for your body, it also makes you look more confident. If you are carrying a purse or a briefcase, switch hands or shoulders occasionally to keep your alignment even. You don't want to wind up with one shoulder permanently lower than the other and your spine curved to one side. When good posture becomes second nature, daily life will do a lot less damage to you body.

Now you're ready to exercise at a moment's notice!

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