Move your body at least 20 minutes a day for optimum health. Even better? Be outside when you do exercise. Now, that sounds pretty simple. However, with hectic schedules and balancing work, family and play—it’s not always easy to make it happen everyday. Well, in order to help my clients get up from their desks and move more, I came up with the simple ‘trick’ called the Sneaky Escape.

What am I talking about? This exercise right here, do it with me:

STEP 1:

Stand up from your chair. Lower yourself slightly into a partially crouched stance and rise up on your tiptoes. Make sure to steady yourself before proceeding to Step 2.

This engages all your stabilizer muscles, head-to-toe.

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STEP 2:

Begin tiptoeing toward the nearest exit of the house or building you’re in. Tiptoe very carefully — as if you’re walking on eggshells and you don’t want to break ANY of them.

This keeps your entire body engaged, gets your blood flowing, and improves your balance (and likely makes you smile).

STEP 3:

Once you’ve reached the exit, open the door carefully and go outside. You’ve escaped!

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THE MOST IMPORTANT PART

Now, this whole tiptoeing business may seem silly. But it woke up your mind and body, got you outside, and hopefully made you laugh a little.

This means you’re alert and in a good mood — the perfect time to truly enjoy a walk outside!

You see, in this digital age, we sit indoors in front of screens far too much. (I’m as guilty as anybody of this.)

And it’s very easy to forget how refreshing and healthy it is to just get up and walk somewhere… to experience the real world… to be active.

But the first — and hardest — step is finding the motivation to get up and do something now, not later. And that’s what this “sneaky” exercise was designed to do.

Enjoy your walk.

Read for more exercise ideas:

5 Fun (and Effective) Couple Workouts You Can Do Together!

 

 

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Dr. Amy Lee

Dr. Amy Lee has board certifications in internal medicine, physician nutrition and obesity medicine specialty. She practices internal medicine with a heavy emphasis on nutrition, wellness and weight management. Her Clinical nutrition fellowship training at UCLA has allowed her to incorporate realistic lifestyle modification in all her medicine patients.