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Text and photos from ZCOOP Singapore | 29 November 2017
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.
1. 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.

Stretching keeps your muscles lithe and flexible, and helps release the tension in stiff areas
2. 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.

3. 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. They're perfect for anyone who suffers from frequent stiff neck and backaches.

4. 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.

Hiking engages all the muscles in your body as your core works to stablise yourself on uneven terrain
5. 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. 

6. 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.

7. 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.