Movement is important to our overall wellness. So many work in stationary locations and our bodies suffer because of extended amounts of time sitting.
Ways to incorporate daily movement:
- Move first thing when you awake. Stretch, jog in place, do jumping jacks, squats, yoga, or other movement. Even 1 minute gets your circulation in gear for the day. Every minute counts towards daily goals.
- Set movement breaks, or when you take your scheduled breaks: add movement.
- Stand up and do a sun salutation when you are reading email, march in place, or add other movement while you are performing tasks that do not require you to sit still.
- Perform isometric exercises while driving or commuting. Flex your arms for 10 seconds, then your butt, then your legs, then your abdominal muscles, repeat 2-4 times on your commute to and from work. These exercises can build muscle tone, strength, and help create a leaner body.
- While watching TV, march/jog in place. Walk forward and backward. Perform squats, toe raises, jumping jacks or other activity you enjoy.
- Turn music on that encourages your body to move. Dance while making dinner, folding laundry, cleaning the house, sweeping, or during TV shows/commercial breaks.
All activity counts as movement. The important thing is trying to keep our bodies moving throughout the day. Every time we walk for a minute we boost the circulation in our body. Blood flows better to our fingers, toes, and brain. This can improve our daily function. Moving more frequently during the day can also combat fatigue or feeling excessively tired.
As with all activity/exercise. It is good to talk with your doctor prior to starting. Small amounts at a time 3-5 minutes are less likely to cause tiredness, sore muscles, and injury so starting there may be good. You can work up from 3 minutes 10 times a day to 5 minutes 10 times a day….30-50 minutes of activity or exercise. Sounds much easier than going to the gym for 50 minutes right!? Plus we get the circulation boost to our brain 10 times instead of 1!