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5 Top Workouts Whilst Wasting Time

How much of our lives zip by, as we spend time waiting for others, or wasting time? Did you know that according to statistics, in our lifetime, we spend 11 years in front of the TV, 99,117 hours at work, 653 hours waiting for trains/transport, 6 months queuing and the stats go on.. (read about it here).

Anyway, here are some great workouts for you to do whilst wasting time, so that you don’t end up adding to the statistics and getting nothing done. Here are 5 Top Workouts that you can do, whilst waiting around for people to show up.

My Top 5 Workouts Whilst Wasting Time are.. 

Couch crunches – Abs workout while watching TV

All you need is a round pouf stool, or one of those workout balls. Position yourself as close to the edge as possible with your legs elevated. Don’t jerk yourself up but but slowly roll up so you really can feel your abs working. Crunches don’t have to be very high so don’t try to go all the way up. Enjoy your show as you work your abs.. a great way to use spare time to exercise!


Shopping Bag Dumb bells – Weightlifting as you shop

Whenever I go shopping with the husband, we fight to carry the bags! The secret is to load the shopping bags, equal in weight. Then you can do bicep curls all the way to the parking lot or even deltoid lifts if you have space around you. Easy!

The casual lean – Upper arm workout while waiting

Find yourself something to lean up against, it can for instance be a wall or a signpost. Stand in a slight tilted angle and support yourself on the lower arm. Now you can either do small ‘push-ups’ by leaning in and out on the arm. Do this till muscle burn, then repeat for the other arm. Great for times when you need to wait around for your mates, and when a wall is handy!

Office chair dips – A quick workout during lunchtime

 Use an office chair with wheels to increase the difficulty level of this one. A normal chair will also work but then you won’t exercise the front of you arms. Grab on to the edge of the seat and let the chair roll back as you go down. Stop when your upper arms are parallel to the floor. Pull that chair towards you to get back up again. Repeat! This can be quite a heavy workout and it’s easier with a chair without wheels.


Calf raises – whilst waiting for the lift

How much time do we waste, waiting for lifts, especially if we work in a high-rise building. Push yourself swiftly up on your toes and slowly back down again. You can increase the resistance by doing it on one foot at the time which will also exercise your balance. Aim for about 120-150 reps.. You will nicely and sexy toned calfs in no time!


These are my Top 5 Workouts Whilst Wasting Time.. what are yours?


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6 Responses to 5 Top Workouts Whilst Wasting Time

  1. Traveling Ted April 1, 2012 at 5:36 am #

    My favorite work out is the click on Cikipedia on twitter exercise. I have a very fit forefinger 🙂

    • ciki April 2, 2012 at 1:36 am #

      Ted! Shock horror! At least it’s not with a bag of chips in hand, as well:P I’m sure you’re only kidding as you go for extended hikes all the time right;)

  2. David August 2, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Great post! I really need to do some of these..

    • ciki August 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

      They really work! Good luck trying em out David. let me know which one works for you!

  3. Hana October 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    Can’t imagine doing the chair one in the office, the thought of the bemused looks on one’s colleagues’ faces as they watch you go flat on the office floor :-/ Lol. Requires ample space and an office room of your own.

    Dumb bell shopping bags I seem to be doing without realising. I liked the casual wall lean idea, that’s completelynew to me.

    • ciki October 29, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

      Excellent! Let me know how that goes 🙂
      I had a big spacious room in the office.. when I closed the door, my colleagues couldn’t see me working out ! LOL. I was pretty lucky. If you lack space or privacy, try stairwell running! LOL

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