some lil’ tricks to maximize movement & ditch the sedentary lifestyle

March 22, 2017
(Last Updated On: June 12, 2017)

We spend most of our day stuck in a chair, so here are FIVE easy tricks to maximize movement & burn some calories. Seriously, it doesn’t get easier than this - click through to The Summer Lover now to learn more!{ pin it! 📌 }

I try to hit the gym & work out for an hour or 2 on the daily, always … mostly ’cause it’s calming & therapeutic & REALLY kicks my ass into gear. 

& also because being a full-time student means I’m quite literally glued to a chair for most of the day.

Nope, just not the best look.

Last week ( the week coming back from spring break ) was superrr busy & hectic  & left me w/ no time to spare – which is so aggravating since it’s already so hard to separate excuses ( a.k.a. laziness ) from actual, legit conflict when it comes to hard, hard work. 

As a way to balance it out, I always try to be active & maximize movement whenever I can so that I’m not 100% sedentary.


5 Tricks to Maximize Movement, Ditch the Sedentary Lifestyle, & Burn Some Calories

We spend most of our day stuck in a chair, so here are FIVE easy tricks to maximize movement & burn some calories. Seriously, it doesn’t get easier than this - click through to The Summer Lover now to learn more!{ an afternoon walk @ the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park in San Diego, CA }

☀️ Walk, & then walk some more.

Seriously one of the BEST tips.

Walking so great for self-reflection … & I LOVE a good walk after a meal. Really helps w/ the digestion y’know?

Basically if you have to go somewhere & it’s less than a 10 min walk away, just walk. There’s no real need to take the car – or in my case, the on-campus shuttle – unless I’m absolutely running late or there’s annoying weather ( rain, rain go away ).

Actually the weirdo thing is when I’m running late ( which happens often 😅 ) it’s MUCH faster to run / speed walk than to hop in a car & deal w/ parking.

🌡 HOT TIP : If you do take the car & you’re not running late, try parking far, far away so you can force yourself to walk more!

I try to walk as often as I can, as long as it’s safe & I’m not in a huge rush. Every step counts! 

☀️ Feel free to fidget a bit.

Moving often, whether it’s re-crossing your legs, taking a sip from your water bottle, playing with your hair, etc. will burn cals ( yes, tiny amounts, but they totally add up ) & will even keep you entertained – lol!

Win-win for sure. 

Butttt, don’t be annoying about it. I feel like the leg bouncing thing is kinda obnoxious – anyone w/ me? 🙋 

☀️ Do a couple of chores. 

Cleaning your room, fixing up a snack, doing laundry, washing dishes, taking out the trash, etc. are easy ways to get shit done while also getting some exercise. Your ass & your roommate / mom / significant other will thank you later. 😉 

Two birds, one stone. ALWAYS.

We spend most of our day stuck in a chair, so here are FIVE easy tricks to maximize movement & burn some calories. Seriously, it doesn’t get easier than this - click through to The Summer Lover now to learn more!{ a fireplace @ the Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley – have a Cinderella moment & get some chores done }

☀️ Play with your pets.

An excuse to play w/ dogs? Sign me up! Like, RIGHT NOW.

Your pets can totally be the cutest / most loyal workout buddy you’ve ever had. 

A confession : I literally race Bonbon up & down the stairs at home, LOL.

We spend most of our day stuck in a chair, so here are FIVE easy tricks to maximize movement & burn some calories. Seriously, it doesn’t get easier than this - click through to The Summer Lover now to learn more!{ Bonbon in a sweater … need I say more? ♡ }

☀️ Always take the stairs.

Yes, the STAIRS!

It’s a quickie, convenient way to get where you need to go.

… & there’s no need to stand around awkwardly in a metal box w/ strangers, praying to God that you don’t somehow get stuck in the elevator.

I’m not claustrophobic or anything but I feel like stairs are just the better choice – unless you live on the 5th floor or something. 

& PLEASE please don’t go to the gym to use the StairMaster & then take the elevator down to the parking lot – I’ve seen it happen wayyy too often. 😂

We spend most of our day stuck in a chair, so here are FIVE easy tricks to maximize movement & burn some calories. Seriously, it doesn’t get easier than this - click through to The Summer Lover now to learn more!{ a double spiral staircase @ the Château de Chambord }

I firmly believe that taking the stairs is KEY when it comes to the health / wellness levels in Europe.

When I was in Paris, according to my iPhone’s health app ( where every flight is counted as 3m in elevation ), I climbed anywhere from 25-50 flights every single day. The metro system, living on the 5th floor without an elevator in your building, etc., will guarantee that!

It’s crazy but IT WORKS – for sure kept me in shape while I inhaled baguettes, cheese, & croissants – HA!


What are your fave ways to maximize movement? Give these tricks a whirl & let me know how it goes! xx

 

Yours truly,

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4 Comments

  • Reply Erica March 24, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    I lived in NYC while in college and I walked everywhere. It was cheaper than taking public transportation everywhere anyway. I love that you race your dog up and down the stairs. Too cute.

    • Reply Kayla King March 24, 2017 at 4:32 PM

      That’s so great, Erica! It helps so much.
      & haha, thanks! You know he’s a keeper when he “works out” with you 😉 xx

  • Reply jessica March 25, 2017 at 4:27 AM

    25-50 per day, how awesome! these are super tips and ones i love sharing with my clients and friends when they’re looking to keep active. thanks for the post (:

    • Reply Kayla King March 25, 2017 at 11:08 AM

      Yay! Thanks for reading, Jessica! xx

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