Hello from the Sunshine State!
From my last post, I hope that you have made some effort to MOVE a little more?
If you haven’t, here are some tips!
1. At work/school
Yes, I know that work/school load forces you to sit for most of the day. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Drink more water
When you drink more water, nature calls! That means that you would have to MOVE (to the toilet). Drink a cup of water every other hour or so. Water is good for your body, keeps you hydrated (especially under the aircon) and it is good for your skin!
Use a cup instead of having a big bottle near you. That way, you’d have to get up and get water = MORE MOVEMENT! #toughlife but trust me, it is worth it.
Lunch hour/Snack time
Meal times are a great way to get up and about. Even if you have packed your own lunch, take it outside! Have it under the sun. You’d get your dose of Vitamin D, some movement and it helps to clear the mind! We all need a mental break from work. You’ll be feeling fresh and ready to smash out the rest of the work day. It also helps with post-food sluggish-ness.
I tend to have VERY tight hips, shoulders and upper back. The lost in range of motion in these areas have caused lower back pain over the years. It gets WORSE with sitting! Every 30-45 mins or so, I would get up and do some light standing stretches.
Twist your upper back to your right while driving your right knee towards the left. I do 5 reps on each side.
-Get up earlier (avoid traffic)
-Park further away (brisk walk)
-If you’re in a train/bus, walk around if possible. Just make sure that it is safe and that you’re not disturbing other passengers.
3. At Home
Cut out time spent on screens (TV, comp, game consoles, phone etc). Spend more time with your family over fun games or do some CHORES! I don’t know about you but I LOVE to clean! It satisfies the OCD-ness in me and I find it very therapeutic.
These are just some of the many small ways that you can add some MOVEment to your day.
The HARDEST part is getting it done!
You might think: PFFFFT! These small changes wouldn’t change anything!
1 year = 365 days x the rest of your life
Start setting some small goals and get to it.
Our human bodies are made to MOVE! You’ll feel SO MUCH better!
*Again, this is your cue to get up!*