Not all of us love hitting the gym or going for a run — we’re all different and that’s okay. But just because you dread going for spin class or lifting weights, it doesn’t mean you should never workout. Even if you hate breaking a sweat, there are ways you’re working your muscles without even realising it. For decades, researchers assumed you needed to break a sweat – or at least raise your heart rate for a prolonged period – for an activity to count as exercise.
However, new research suggests activities like lifting shopping bags and walking up the stairs can help with weight management and actually count toward recommended exercise guidelines. YAY! That’s good news for those of us who absolutely hate exercising.
Here are ten activities that sneak exercise into your daily routine while also crossing things off your to-do list: