6 Exercises You Can Do In High Heels

By Alexis Wolfer

When you’re so busy that sleep seems like a luxury and meals consist of appetizers at cocktail parties, saltine crackers and maybe some Chinese takeout (if you’re lucky), exercise is likely not high up on your priority list.

Being active and fit, though, is essential, not only for your physical health but also for your mental wellbeing (and even for keeping your energy levels up). Knowing that getting to the gym is nearly impossible during hectic times, though, we’ve put together 6 easy exercises you can do while on the go, even in heels!

In the car:
Sit up straight, both feet planted on the floor in front of you. Keeping your hips and bottom firmly in place, use your abdominals to move your upper body as far left as you can and then as far right. Ideally, your shoulders will remain parallel to the seat and shift side to side. Be sure to keep your back straight (don’t lean forward). While this move takes a bit of time to get used to, we have full faith that you’ll have it down pat.

While walking:
As you strut your stuff around town, make sure to not only keep your abs engaged, but also try working your bum with each step by pulsing your back leg behind you a little more than usual. Just a tiny squeeze of your glutes with each step will add up over the course of the day. And while it may look and feel a bit odd, trust us: the results are well worth it (and let’s be honest, no one’s really looking at you anyway)!

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While standing around:
Whether you’re in flats or heels, work those legs with calf raises. If you’re in flats, lift on to your toes as if you’re in heels. In heels? Just put your body weight in your toes to hover your heels off the ground. Do small pulses or see how long you can hold up for. We particularly like this one for when we’re waiting in line for coffee, which is often! Want to take it to a whole other level? Do some bicep curls with that weighted purse of yours!

While sitting:
Sit with your feet flat on the floor and your back straight up against the back of your chair. Squeeze your abdominals as hard as you can, as if you’re trying to touch your belly button to the back of the chair. Hold in for 10 seconds before releasing. Repeat as many times as you can.

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When in the bathroom:
Beyond avoiding the grossness factor of sitting on the toilet seat, hovering in a squat while doing your business will tone your legs and glutes too!

On your way home (whenever that is!):
Interlock your fingers in front of you and stretch your arms out in front of your body, with your palms facing out. Round your back to stretch the area in between the shoulder blades and mid-back. Take a breath (or two!) before releasing.

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