Common excuses for avoiding exercise are not having the time because of work pressures, or not wanting to change in and out of exercise gear. Lifehacker reader Richard dodges both issues with a simple solution: a walk around a nearby shopping mall.
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I’m always wanting to exercise but struggle to find the free time around working and family. My office runs in a shopping mall in Melbourne, so what I have started doing in my lunch break is walking the entire perimeter of the centre on foot, across multiple levels. This equates to around 3.4km, and it keeps me close to the office: if someone needs me, I can walk back quickly. No-one looks twice at a man in a suit walking around a shopping mall, and everyone would just presume I’m shopping or doing my job! I’ve lost close to 5kg just from this exercise.
Walking of any description is a great way to spend your lunch hour, and while this wouldn’t be the most scenic approach, it offers some obvious benefits. Got any other shopping centre exercise tips, or strategies for unobtrusively getting your daily exercise? Share them in the comments. Thanks Richard!