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10 Sneaky Ways to Squeeze Fitness Into Your Day

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Gait Training Moves for a Well-Balanced Summer

Physical fitness isn’t reserved for top-tier athletes. Bodies of every age and ability need invigorating movement to stay strong and sharp! In honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, see which of these small-but-mighty changes you can slip into your daily routine:

  1. Step right. Push your muscles farther by taking flights not two steps at a time, but one. The slower burn shreds more calories and keeps your heart pumping longer. 
  2. Economize elevator time. You can’t tackle stairs, make the most of elevator time by performing calf raises or holding yourself on your toes until you reach your landing.
  3. Walk laps. For more casual meetings and one-on-ones at work, talk progress reports while making laps around the building.
  4. Put the phone down. When chatting on the phone, hit speaker and free up your hands to hold 5-10 pound weights. Work some bicep curls, tricep extensions, and shoulder presses while you listen.
  5. Maximize chores: Housework like sweeping, vacuuming, and scrubbing call for serious muscle movement. Give each pull, push, and squeeze total commitment.
  6. Make waiting active: Make use of dead time waiting for dinner to finish cooking or Junior to get out of practice with some go-anywhere yoga poses.
  7. Engage your abs. Every time you walk through a doorway, contract your abs for five seconds and release. You’ll be amazed out how a little move like this adds up!
  8. Beat the couch potato. While watching TV, engage your quads and ab muscles. Sit on the edge of your seat with a blanket or pillow held in between your feet, and slowly raise your legs parallel to the floor before lowering them down. Perform this move during every commercial break.
  9. Skip drive-throughs. Whether at restaurants, banks, or libraries, don’t hit up the drive through. Instead, get your steps in walking from your parked car to the building.
  10. Break it up. The recommended 30 minutes of daily activity don’t have to be performed in one fell swoop. 3 10-minute routines or even 6 5-minute mini sessions throughout the day keep your heart pumping.

At O&P By Design, we strive to equip you with tools that let you confidently engage your prosthesis for a healthier lifestyle. Let us know what fitness goal we can help you accomplish