4 Ways To Get More Daily Movement
“Exercise” is kind of a gross concept that no one likes talking about, but the reality is that we all honestly NEED to move more. I’ve started noticing that my body feels stiff and restless on the days when I just veg out and barely get up off the couch (we’ve all fallen into a 6-hour-long Pinterest rabbit hole at some point, right??) The whole “sitting is the new smoking” campaign actually has some validity to it, but even small increases in daily activity are helpful. Plus, the more baby steps you take, the more baby steps you’ll WANT to take, and your activity level will increase before you know it!
Here are 4 easy ways to get a bit more movement into your day:
- Netflix and Stretch – while binge-watching TV shows or movies, take a stretch break every half hour. This means get up, walk around, maybe get a glass of water, do jumping jacks, reach up over your head, touch your toes, jog on the spot, whatever you want to do that’s ACTIVE and takes at least five minutes. Bonus points if you break a sweat! Studies have shown that even these brief interruptions in sitting can have a huge impact on our overall health. (And afterwards, feel free to watch the next episode of your show! I’m not a monster!)
- Park farther away – I know it might be hard to imagine NOT circling around and around in your car, hunting for a parking spot closer to the building entrance, but this is one of the easiest ways to increase your step count. Plus, you’ll lower your stress levels because there’s ALWAYS a spot way at the back corner of the parking lot, so you won’t have to fight anyone.
- Wash your hands – “Uh, what? Am I burning calories while washing my hands?!” Nope, sorry (well, maybe like, 3, but that doesn’t count). But if you make a conscious effort to wash your hands every hour or every half hour, you’ll have to GET UP and walk yourself to a sink. And as a side bonus, you might get sick less often since your hands are always so germ-free! #winwin
- Make physical bets with your friends/spouse – This one plays out something like this:
Me: “I bet you can’t guess what I had for breakfast today!”
Husband: “If I get it right, you have to do 10 pushups”
Me: “Okay but if you’re wrong you have to do FIFTY pushups!”Another variation on this idea – whichever one of you walked the most steps in a day (or went to the gym for the most time, or whatever metric you want to use) doesn’t have to prep lunches tonight, or gets to pick a family activity for Saturday afternoon. You can come up with your own healthy rewards for meeting your personal activity goals – have fun with it!
Don’t worry about other people who seem to be more active than you are. Remember, it’s not about perfection, it’s about progress! Anything more than what you were doing yesterday is a step in the right direction! (pun not intended)
What are some ways you’ve introduced more movement into your own life?