Quick Shot: Exercises for a Busy Lifestyle

A lot of people want to get in shape, but they believe they don’t have time to exercise. I’m here to dispel that myth with exercise that can be done as you go about your ADLs, or “activities of daily living.”


While waiting for your shower to warm up in the morning, do three sets of:

  • 15 frog hops. Squat and then jump up as high as you can. Try to land softly on your feet and keep your core tight.
  • 15 push offs. Position your hands on the tub, sink, or wall. Do what are essentially vertical push offs, keeping your core tight.
  • 30-seconds of shadow boxing. Tighten your core and alternate punches. You can make this more advanced by adding hand weights.

In the kitchen, you can tackle the following challenges:

  • Lunge instead of walk.
  • Squat and hold instead of standing all the time.
  • While at the sink or counter, keep your core tight and do leg lifts.
  • While you’re waiting for water to boil or something to dethaw in the microwave, do army squats.

While driving, try the following exercises to keep your body engaged:

  • Every time you come to a red light, squeeze your glutes until the light turns green.
  • Engage your core as you drive. As I always say to my clients, “Belly button to spine!”

There are tons of other ways you can squeeze in fitness. For more exercises or a personalized workout plan, please contact Andrea at (760) 658-4708. Photos compliments of Georgie R Creative Commons Flickr photostream.