Posted by on September 20, 2016

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Working out isn’t easy but as we grow older we should try making time for fitness.


Here are 5 simple tips you can try to work up a sweat in little to no time.

Jogging During Commercials

Yes, during commercials of your favorite TV shows, get up and run in place or depending on the setup of your home, run around the kitchen table. If you watch TV shows like The Walking Dead or Scandal then you will really get a workout because the commercials seem to pop up every 2 minutes.

Dance Hour

Put on your favorite CD and dance, dance, dance. You can even use this time to try and learn a new dance and laugh at yourself while doing so. Dance like no one’s watching. Have fun. 

Walk Farther Whenever You Can

If that means parking at the end of the lot at the grocery store, then do so. Get your steps in. Get a fitness tracker to track your steps to help give you a boost in meeting your daily steps goal. It also means taking the steps instead of the elevator or an escalator. Nothing gets the blood flowing like a few steps – trust me I know. I remember when I first moved into my apartment dorm back in college, I was on the fourth floor. At first, the steps were the absolute worst but due to the conditions of the elevators (drunk college kids – need I say more), I’d opt for the stairs and a few weeks in, and I could reach my floor without calling on the Lord for strength. The body is amazing how it builds up resistance after a while.

Calf Lifts

Yeah, you read that right. When was the last time you’ve worked out those calves? Whenever you’re on the phone or working on the computer, stand up and do as many calf lifts as possible in a minute. Rest for 1 minute, then do them again. 

Side and Back Leg Lifts

While washing the dishes (do people still do that), do 100 leg lifts – 10 to each side and 10 to the back. Trust me, you’ll feel the burn in places you never knew existed. Tone the thighs and lift that but while cleaning the dishes, it’s a win-win for everybody.


As I mentioned earlier, working out isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but we have to do whatever it takes to keep our bodies moving for as long as we can. Maybe you’re not a “lift things up, put them down” bodybuilder, but little things each day can make a huge difference. Exercising can relieve stress, increase your energy, and boost your confidence. Whatever you decide to do, have fun while doing it.

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  • Tracy

    I am on a journey to a healthier lifestyle. I like that you reminded me that I can do work out moves even when I’m doing other things like sitting at my desk at work. I have a slight obsession with developing strong looking calves so I especially liked that tip. I also try to park further away from places I go to get in some walking. I just ordered a new Fitbit and I’m psyched to get it to help me get those steps in each day!
    It’s important for me to remind myself that any baby step towards my goal is better than no step at all!
    Thanks for your post,

  • jberry

    Trying to correct years of bad choices can be daunting. Each day is a chance to move forward. I found your blog an inspiring reminder.

  • HS kraftmaking

    My family is my motivation to stay healthy and keep working out.

  • Mary Beth Elderton

    We are wanting to eat well and stay healthy. I am definitely not a “lift things up” kind of person, but I try to keep moving and plan gentler exercise.

  • Nancy Bowers

    Getting older and dealing with health issues can be overwhelming but I try to do one day at a time. i try to be motivated while still being gentle with myself. Main thing is to not settle for being sedentary!

  • Ephraim

    I have loved working out! Got a gym membership in March & of course hated it at first (especially adjusting my diet) but now I love walking extra steps and feel 10 years younger!

  • Kimberly

    I have been trying getting back to working out. I need to make it a point to make it more of a regiment!

  • Denise L

    After years of not working out AT ALL, I now have a very active 7-year-old boy. He inspires me to get up off my butt and run around. It’s definitely harder when you get older, but I have eased into it. After a while you actually feel a lot better πŸ™‚

  • bkkihega

    I don’t exercise like I did, or could, when I was younger, but I am trying to pick it back up to motivate my daughter to get going!

  • Kim ONeill

    I need to get back into taking my morning walks. I usually take an hour walk but since i moved to a new area, i haven’t had motivation

  • steve weber

    I like to talk long walks after work – my dog appreciates it and it’s good for my health.

  • badtz-maru

    I always have a set date to do an group activity during the week

  • Angel

    I’ve been trying to get into hiking this year but it’s hard to find people who want to embark on your fitness journey with you! I am on 50+ days now of doing yoga everyday though. πŸ™‚ Yoga with Adriene on YouTube has some fantastic videos you can do from the comfort of your home!

  • Tee Anderson

    I like to take brisk walks while my kids ride their bike or scooters. I also like to swim.

  • Char

    You are an inspiration, I love it! Thank you so much for the sweet offer πŸ™‚ YOU ROCK GIRL!

  • Kristin McCall

    This is awesome. I really need to go to the gym.

  • Justin Sparks

    I take my dog for a walk…and being a single father helps me stay in shape as well lol

  • Deb Leigh

    I get up and watch the morning news and get in my daily weights and planks galore! It’s the one thing that keeps my core strong.

  • Deborah Caudill

    I am recuperating from 2 falls where I broke my right leg in 7 places and then fell again and broke my right hip. I have moved out of the wheelchair to a walker and hope to use a cane soon. I just need to walk more and more and do my physical therapy exercises.

  • Jennifer Heintz

    I live in a split level home, and use the stairs as much as possible. This has helped me stay motivated.

  • Deb F

    i am definitely not the “pick stuff up and put it down” type. πŸ™‚ But I’ve grown to love running so I run at least 7 or 8 miles every morning. It’s my being alone, listening to great music, thinking time.

  • Natalie

    I run almost every day because I am training for a marathon. I need to be better about strength training though!

  • Jenny Scheldberg

    I have a desk peddler machine under my desk that I use during the workday.

  • Debbie Yoder

    I like to take long walks,gets me outside and makes me feel good.

  • Will Griesmer

    I like to go for walks and hiking.

  • Heather Hayes Panjon

    I Like Walking And Bike Riding.

  • I enjoy going on nature walks. My favorite is a 3 mile trail near a local lake.

  • sheila

    running is the best !

  • Darlene Carbajal

    I love doing squats and running in place. πŸ™‚

  • Brigette

    I definitely need to make more time for fitness. Thanks for the great tips!

  • tracylr

    Great tips! I’m not always good about making time for fitness but I do try. One thing I always do is stretching exercises and leg lifts while I’m drying my hair. Standing there pointing the blow dryer at my head has always been extremely boring to me, so I love to multitask while doing it.

  • Rosie

    I found that starting with one small change really sets you on fire to do more! And by trying to make too big a commitment at first can backfire! I had torn a rotator cuff lifting weights, so now I do other exercises and walking.

  • geriheartnsoulcooking

    I think it’s the hardest thing to make time for fitness, but if I do it right away in the morning it’s much easier.

  • Amanda Patterson

    I think the hardest thing really is making time and planning to exercise. It is just so easy to forget.

  • Annabellainla

    I love the idea of dance hour – my kids and I have most of the Just Dance games and we like to challenge each other

  • Shauntea Crutcher

    I like the dance hour idea. This is something that I could get the whole family involved in.

  • Carol Roberts clark

    i always try to make time for fitness either riding biked our walking on the track anything even if its 15 minutes i do

  • Kristen

    We have been trying to walk more places instead of taking the car.

  • Lisa Brown

    I can find the time to exercise but finding the motivation, is another matter. Hard to get motivated.

  • Janet Watson

    I’ve been making it a part of my daily routine to walk in my neighborhood each morning. It just makes me feel better overall!


    I made time for fitness by walking to and from work πŸ™‚

  • shellypeterson

    I try and go on a daily walk.

  • arress

    I walk to work whenever possible.

  • Sarah Hayes

    Working out is my ‘me’ time. I lift weights most days of the week and I love it.

  • Mandala

    Working out helps me unwind after a long day at work – I try to do cardio exercises at least 3o minutes a day.

  • David Yan

    I work out by biking and lifting weights. Not much else, however.

  • Christy

    This is a new blog for me, like the hot crab dip recipe

  • Zoey

    I really like the idea of exercising during commercials. Great way to pass the time and stay in shape.

  • Angella L

    I try to set up workout stations in each part of my house while I clean…will be adding to the dishes station

  • Dana Rodriguez

    These are great tips. I especially love the Dance Hour idea!

  • Dawn Monroe

    I’ve been trying the walk further each time and I like it because it’s not straining and its a bit of a challenge to myself.

  • Amanda Morris

    this is a Lovely Post about health and fitness

  • Joshua PettyPrince Kiryuu

    Exercising is actually kinda fun

  • Michelle Castagne

    I walk every day for exercise with some upbeat music to make it fun.

  • Courtney Wood

    I do a dance work out everday then on weekends My family and I go play tennis.

  • Sarah Cool

    Awesome ideas! I still wash some dishes so i will definitely be trying the leg lifts out. I like riding my stationary bike while watching tv you dont even realize how many calories you’ve burned because your mind is elsewhere

  • rajee

    I love to learn dance work out with you please teach me how

  • Sarah Hall

    I do love to dance especially to oldies music as it seems to be faster.

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    Making time for fitness is super important!

  • Jennifer Herman

    I like the idea of walk farther whenever you can – it’s an easy thing to do to get in more exercise.

  • Lyndsey R.

    Dancing is my favorite way to exercise for sure! I hate running for some reason.

  • Samantha Michelle

    I love doing cardio exercises to get fit! I love using dance, pilates, and jogging for my workouts

  • lmurley2000

    I like dancing for my fitness

  • Nicole Carter Weasley

    I agree you have to exercise! It’s so very important! I go to the gym about 4 times a week and exercise to home dvds about 5 times a week.

  • Julie

    We like to bike and walk and run up the stadium stairs where we live we love it makes us feel great..

  • Holly

    I love walking around the neighborhood. Since it is getting cooler, it is a nice walk and I can walk even more!