7 Easy Exercises to Do on Lazy Days

by Dawn Chen
FITNESS  |  November 02, 2017
  • Because you know you should work out.
    1 / 8 Because you know you should work out.

    The mind is willing but the body is weak. We all have days where we’d rather lounge on the sofa and watch Netflix than hit the gym. But then… your conscience starts nagging cause you’re also well aware of the benefits of exercising regularly. On lazy days, find a compromise by doing these simple activities instead. You’ll still be clocking steps and burning calories even if you’re not doing anything super tough.

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  • Walking
    2 / 8 Walking

    This is probably the easiest thing you can do. Walk out to lunch instead of driving. Take a walk around your block after dinner. Walk to the supermarket and do your groceries instead of ordering them online. Walk around your house after watching an episode of Netflix. Walk on the spot while watching Netflix… you get the drift.

    (Also Read: 8 Ways Walking Can Transform Your Health)

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  • Cycling
    3 / 8 Cycling

    With so many bike sharing options available in Singapore these days, it’s become easier than ever to hop on a bike for a short cycle around the ’hood. Make a cycling date with your partner or girlfriends as a fun weekend activity. You could also try cycling to work if the route to your office allows it. To get started, here’s a breakdown of the cheapest bike-sharing services in Singapore.

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  • Stretching
    4 / 8 Stretching

    Winded after a long day at work? Stretch out those tight muscles to rejuvenate your body and mind. Stretching keeps your muscles lithe and flexible, plus it helps to release the tension in stiff areas after a whole day of sitting. Try doing these five stretches led by Blogilates founder Cassey Ho daily. They’re perfect for anyone who suffers from frequent stiff neck and backaches.

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  • Dance
    5 / 8 Dance

    Put on your favourite tunes and start grooving to the beat in the comfort of your own home. You can have a fun freestyle dance-off with your family members or follow a Youtube dance tutorial. Whatever you choose, dancing is actually a great calorie burner as the constant movement gets your heart rate up in no time. Check out this infectiously fun dance sequence by US-based YouTube star The Fitness Marshall. Be prepared to sweat as much as you’ll be laughing!

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  • Hike
    6 / 8 Hike

    Singapore may be an urban city, but we have no lack of green spaces. Plan for a hike with some friends this weekend. As you hike, you’re engaging all the muscles in your body as your core works to stabilise yourself while you traverse uneven terrain. Surrounding yourself in greenery is also good for your mental and emotional health. Here are eight of our favourite hiking trails in Singapore.

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  • Bodyweight exercises
    7 / 8 Bodyweight exercises

    Don’t want to leave the house? No worries. Just do some bodyweight exercises at home – squats, planks, burpees, jumping jacks etc. These moves feature so prominently in various workout sequences because they’re both easy and effective. You don’t need any equipment to perform them and you can do them anywhere. Try these nine moves to get you started.

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  • Skipping
    8 / 8 Skipping

    Skip your way to a slimmer, leaner body. This high-intensity exercise is one of the best forms of cardio you can do – it’s more effective at burning calories than running! Relive your childhood memories and bust out your skipping rope to get a quick workout in. You can get your heart pumping hard in just five minutes of fast skipping.

    (Also Read: 8 Ways to Increase Metabolism and Burn Fat Faster)

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