6 sneaky ways to rev your me­tab­o­lism Michelle Bridges shares her se­cret to fit­ness any­where, any­time

Read­ing an email, stir­ring the din­ner or styling your hair? Ac­cord­ing to Michelle Bridges these are all op­por­tu­ni­ties to get mov­ing and up your ex­er­cise tally for the day.

Prevention (Australia) - - Contents - BY STEPHANIE OSFIELD

Most of us think big when it comes to ex­er­cise (hello cir­cuit train­ing, car­dio sweat ses­sions and long jogs). But think­ing small, or go­ing for mini bursts of move­ment through­out the day, can also help you max your me­tab­o­lism. “When peo­ple seize ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to move be­tween work­outs, they en­joy sub­stan­tial fit­ness gains and burn more kilo­joules, even when sleep­ing,” says Michelle Bridges. So get cre­ative and tone up with out even rais­ing a big sweat:

1 WALL SIT WHILE MOIS­TUR­IS­ING

With your back against the wall and legs bent in a squat, you can do sim­ple tasks like but­ton­ing a shirt, read­ing the morn­ing news or brush­ing your hair. “I like to wall squat when I brush my teeth morn­ing and night,” Bridges says. “It’s a great way to work out the mus­cles in my core, glutes in my butt and quadri­ceps in my thighs.”

2 STAR JUMP WHILE STIR­RING DIN­NER

Wait­ing for the broc­coli to steam or ket­tle to boil? Squeeze in some­thing ac­tive. While you heat food in the mi­crowave, do bench presses and while you un­pack the dish­washer, add a lunge or squat ev­ery time you re­move a plate or cup. “When you’re slic­ing and dic­ing food, re­peat­edly clench the mus­cles in your butt and hold them for as long as you can,” says Bridges. “Do this ev­ery night and your bot­tom will look more trim and toned.”

3 POL­ISH AFTER CAR WASH­ING

“Car wash­ing is a fan­tas­tic work­out be­cause it in­volves squat­ting, stretch­ing and ton­ing your triceps and bi­ceps while us­ing your back and core mus­cles,” Bridges ex­plains. Burn ex­tra kilo­joules by wip­ing down the duco then giv­ing your car a thor­ough pol­ish as well.

4 SQUAT TO SMELL THE ROSES

“Gar­den­ing is a great fit­ness booster be­cause you’re con­stantly get­ting up and down, stretch­ing your torso and arms and en­gag­ing in weight­bear­ing ex­er­cise such as lift­ing a bag of fer­tiliser or push­ing a wheel­bar­row,” Bridges ex­plains. “Set your­self the added chal­lenge of not putting your knees down and weed­ing or plant­ing in a squat for a set pe­riod, whether for 10 min­utes or more.”

5 AC­TI­VATE DUR­ING AD BREAKS

Those pesky ads on TV are ac­tu­ally your cue to get off the couch. “Dur­ing each break en­gage in a dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­ity such as tri­cep dips, squats, push-ups, jump­ing on the spot or fast skip­ping,” Bridges sug­gests. Binging on a Net­flix se­ries? Then set your own ac­tiv­ity breaks us­ing an alarm on your watch or phone.

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