Mall shopping may not seem like the best opportunity to work out, but there are many ways that you can add some calorie-burning function into your Coach-purse or new jean prowl. That way, when you get to that fitting room, there will be no excuses. Here are some tips on how to get your shop on and workout that body while doing it:

Walk It Out

When you are at the mall, try to walk as much as possible. Steer away from the escalator and take the stairs. Park in the back or middle of the parking lot and walk to the front instead. There are activities that energize your cardio system and burn calories. The average shopping trip involves walking almost three miles.

Work Those Abs In Line

Long waits in line are at the crux during the holiday season, so if you find yourself waiting around in line for a long time, try pulling your belly button in towards your back. Hold for 10 seconds and then release and repeat. This will help tone your glute muscles and strengthen your abs while you wait.

Lift Those Weights—Err, Shopping Bags

If you’re walking around and you have bags in your hands, try doing some bicep curls while waiting in line or for the bathroom. Do 20 reps with light bags and 15 with heavier ones. Shrugs can also help tone your shoulders and chest.

Reach For Them and Squat

Attempting to find a size 8 in those piles of shoes on the lower shelf? Don’t be scared, get down, and squat! After you’ve found what you’re looking for, repeat two to three times to work your calves, thighs, glutes, and abs.

Reach Up High—And Hold It

Okay, we know. Sometimes there is no possible way to reach that cute top without a long metal rod, but if something is within your reach, try reaching up for it and then holding that reach for 10 seconds. Repeat this about 5 times. It might look crazy, but to calm your nerves act like your deciding on whether or not you want to buy the item and this thought came to you mid-air. While thinking, you’ll be stretching your toes with your arms above your head, which strengthens the legs, back, and arms and improves your balance.

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  • yoyoyo

    Haha, that was cute.

  • Alexandra

    Yes, very cute. Shopping is probably the last activity one would think they could burn calories.