Did you know it was possible to do sport on a daily basis without realising it?

Published 25 Nov 2023 • By Candice Salomé

Regular physical activity is vital to maintain our physical and mental health. At least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, 5 days a week, would be ideal!

However, it is not always easy to find the time to practise sport after a day's work, when you are tired or don't have enough time. But it is perfectly possible to fit a bit of physical activity into your daily routine without even realising it!

Follow our guide!

Did you know it was possible to do sport on a daily basis without realising it?

Physical activity is one of the essential ways to improve quality of life. People all over the world tend to lead a sedentary lifestyle, yet the WHO (World Health Organisation) recommends between 2 and 5 hours of moderate-intensity physical activity every week.

In addition to regular exercise, there are a number of small steps you can take on a day-to-day basis to keep fit at any age.

Active mobility consists of moving around on foot or by any non-motorised type of transportation, such as roller blades, bicycle, skateboard, etc. It is a way of strengthening the skeleton, stimulating the cardiovascular system, keeping the joints supple, limiting urine leakage, etc. But it is also a way of combating loneliness and isolation.

Find out how you can take practise sport without even realising it!

Walk or cycle for short distances! 

For short everyday journeys, try walking or cycling, and use public transport only if you absolutely have to. Trips of 10 to 15 minutes each way, will enable you to perform the daily cardiorespiratory endurance activity recommended by health professionals.

Household chores can also be considered physical activity! 

Housework is a good way of getting a bit of physical activity because it requires a certain amount of physical effort. When you're carrying your shopping bags, vacuuming, etc., with the right posture - tummy tucked in, buttocks tight, chest up - you'll be tightening your core and strengthening your muscles! Put your favourite music on, and you'll find the motivation you need to get through your household chores and do some sport at the same time.

Make the most of your sedentary lifestyle! 

If you have an office job, you use your brains but hardly any of your abdominal muscles. And yet! By adopting the right posture, you can work your muscles too.

If you sit up straight in your chair, your abdominal muscles will tighten smoothly. You can also take advantage of the fact that you are sitting to contract your buttocks, 15 times in a row for 5 seconds, to be repeated as many times as you like!

Take the stairs instead of the lift! 

You may not always feel like doing it but it's a simple and healthy habit to incorporate into your daily routine. If you live on the second floor or take the tube to work, replace the lift or escalator with stair climbing!

Take up gardening! 

Looking after your plants, watering them, mowing the lawn... If you've got a garden, there's no better way to burn off a few calories!

Play with your children or grand-children! 

Children have energy to spare and are often in action. Spending time inventing games with them is a great way to let off steam while bonding with them!

Do the 100 steps while talking on the phone!

When you talk on the phone, whether outside or at home, don't stand still, but walk as much as you can until the end of the conversation.

Stand on your tiptoes as often as possible!

Waiting at the supermarket checkout, brushing your teeth, cooking... There are plenty of opportunities to regularly stand on your tiptoes. Don't hesitate to tighten your muscles when you stand on your tiptoes, this exercise will tone your thighs and calves!


As we've seen, it's easy to get a bit more exercise every day by making good use of the time you spend at home or out and about. So don't hesitate to put these tips into practice now and as often as possible - your body will thank you!

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