Spring is upon us and along with warmer weather, it’s also a great time to clean out the cobwebs and get rid of things that are no longer serving us, including that not-so-healthy lifestyle.

Incorporating physical activity into each day is important to an overall healthy lifestyle, but don’t feel daunted! Physical activity is classified as anything that makes you move your body and burn calories. Basically, if you get off your couch and move more, you are on the right track to a healthier you. Here are a few simple, not-so-obvious activities that will help get you moving.

Spring clean!

Cleaning out your closets or garage may seem daunting, but it’s necessary to tackle these things at least once a decade. The good news is while you are scrubbing, packing and sweeping, you are working up a sweat and burning calories. Bonus: You will feel so accomplished once you have cleared out all that unnecessary clutter.

Shop ‘til you drop

Now that you have a little more room in your closet, it’s time to hit the mall. Walking at a brisk pace is great exercise and carrying around those heavy bags adds weight to your workout. And no, online shopping doesn’t count.

Go gardening

All that standing, kneeling, and squatting not to mention pulling stubborn weeds is an excellent workout. Slather on the sunscreen and head out back to start planting. The great thing about your own garden is you get to choose what delicious herbs, veggies and fruit you want to grow. Don’t have a yard but want to try gardening? There are many community gardens in our area where you can rent a plot of land. Find one close enough to walk to for added exercise.

Head out and play

Shoot hoops with your spouse or play tag with your kids. Exercise can and should be fun! The more you enjoy it, the more likely you will be to stick with it and the bonding time you have with your family is just the cherry on top.

Whip up something tasty

Chop, dice and sauté those pounds away. Cooking for an hour can burn an extra 128 calories, just make sure you are whipping up something healthy so you don’t counteract all that good you’ve been doing. For an extra oomph, turn on your favorite up-beat tunes and dance your way through dinner prep.

What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate a little extra fitness in your day?