It’s been raining. Often. I shouldn’t complain. Though it’s spring, I know many people are still dealing with snow. Still I’m cooped up more than usual and starting to feel tetchy. Can you relate? As I sit, all I want to do is sit. It’s a vicious circle that needs to be broken.
You are made to move—and so am I. I’ve written a lot about it over the years.
So today I’m going to ease up on the whys and jump in with the hows. This way you–and I– will have even more time to implement these moves.
6 Ways to Add More Movement Into Your Day
Create (secret) workout stations You don’t have to tell anyone that you do a set of squats when you’re in the bathroom stall, or that the back stairwell is an excellent place for some incline push-ups. Connect certain places with certain movements and use them accordingly. If it motivates you, get others involved.
Pick up something heavy How much does your desk chair weight? Can you lift it over your head? Scope out something that would take a bit of effort to lift and go for it. This may not be appropriate–or safe–at the office, but there’s no reason why you can’t do it at home.
Start (or end) your day with a dance break Or a yoga break, or a walk, or a calisthenics break. The important thing isn’t what you do, it’s that you create a ritual of it.
Stand up You don’t need a standing workstation to simply get vertical regularly. Set a timer–or keep an eye on the clock–and decide to simply stand up on the hour and half-hour. Whether you move more, or just sit back down again, at least you shifted your position.
Get antsy In between those standing times, forgo poise occasionally and fidget. Think of a kid waiting in line. Indulge your inner child and shift, twist, and bounce.
Pace yourself Oh, bad pun! But seriously, seek out times when you can pace around–during phone calls or when trying to work out a problem are good options. A bonus: Walking helps us process and retain new information!