Are you sitting as you read this?
Do something for me, then, will you? Stand up for a minute. Stretch and move around. Do whatever feels good.
If you’re absolutely NOT getting up for whatever reason, then just wiggle around in your chair, okay. Move your back, shoulders, legs, arms, feet.
There. I bet you feel better now. Moving your body is sooo good for you.
You’ve heard the medical experts. They’re saying sitting is the new smoking. In other words, sitting for long stretches is bad for us. Our bodies are meant to move, not park for hours.
Fortunately, it’s easy to change the sitting habit. Just start by adding more movement throughout your day and week.
7 moves to try at work
Sprinkling in movement—any movement, even one-minute chunks—throughout your workday can make a big difference.
- Stand up and stretch.
- Sit on a fitness ball instead of a traditional chair.
- Bend over and tie your shoes. Even this movement is beneficial for desk-jockeys.
- Take a short, quick walk.
- Kick off your shoes and strike a yoga pose.
- Take a mini-dance break. Go on! Shake it!
- Try “sweatworking.” Hit the gym, yoga studio, tai chi place, golf course or walking path with a colleague or client.
In your free time
Choose activities that get you moving and that you enjoy or that are otherwise rewarding. If you enjoy what you do, it will fit more effortlessly into your lifestyle.
- Walking. Swimming. Touch football. Tennis. Jogging. Gardening. Yoga. Tai chi. Biking. Skating. Ping pong. Dog walking. Croquet. Horseback riding. Golfing. Dancing. Martial arts. Skiing. Volleyball. A “game” of yardwork with your family. Housecleaning to music. Kickboxing. Hula hooping. Hiking.
Then commit to it and schedule it!
What’s one way you can add more movement to your day? Leave a comment below!
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