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Between balancing kids’ schedules, squeezing in work and somehow fitting in quality time with our loved ones, something’s gotta give – and it always seems like exercise is the first thing to go.

But what if we told you that you don’t need to go to the gym to get a workout in? Yep, incidental exercise is totally valid, and a lot easier to fit in than you’d think. Check out our top ways to keep moving throughout the day!

Play with your kids
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! From hula hooping to hopscotch, there are so many ways you can get your heart rate up while you play with your kids. Try buying a skipping rope or a ball to toss or kick to one another, or keep it simple with a game of tag. The activity doesn’t matter all that much – so long as you’re moving!

Walk the walk
If you typically drive your kids to school, or catch public transport around town, consider changing your route to fit in some extra steps. Park a couple of blocks from school and walk the rest of the way, or hop off the bus a few stops early. In fact, you can apply this principle to just about any errand – far corner of the shopping centre parking lot, we’re looking at you!

Take the stairs
It’s so simple, yet often overlooked. If you can, try taking the stairs instead of riding the lift or taking the escalator – you won’t just get a sweat up, but you’ll also be strengthening your legs and glutes! Who needs a StairMaster?

Multi-task
You would be amazed at how many exercises you can complete while you’re doing other jobs. Whether it’s smashing out squats or lunges while you’re on hold or doing a few bicep curls as you put the milk back in the fridge, get creative by turning mundane tasks into mini workouts.

Be socially active
Have one friend you typically catch up with over a boozy dinner? Invite them out for a brisk morning walk instead! You can also organise standing meetings at work, invite friends to your local yoga class or plan a hiking date. We’re all about killing two birds with one stone.

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