Stop "Exercising" and Start Moving!

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If you’re like most people when you hear the word exercise you probably want to roll your eyes a little bit. You usually here it in the context of needing more of it. But when you think of the word movement, it might feel lighter, easier, more fun. 

“Exercise” has become a buzzword. You see it everywhere. It’s in blog titles, magazine articles, advertisements. Everyone wants you to get more exercise. But no one really talks about movement as an option. 

As Americans we like to sit. We sit while we work, watch TV, eat, scroll social media, drive, etc. It seems like we have made sitting while doing anything priority. And it’s killing us. 

So I am proposing a challenge. I challenge you to move. Every day, no matter what you are doing, be in constant motion. 

Here are some tips:

If you sit at a desk all day, set a reminder on your watch or your phone for 30 or 45 minutes. When the alarm goes off, stand up, do a stretch, walk to the water cooler and back, take a lap around the building. Just move. 

If you have a really long commute, plan a stop in both directions somewhere scenic if possible, or if not possible, just plan to take a bathroom break somewhere, or grab a healthy snack, or just pull over, get out of the car and stretch for a minute and then get back on the road. 

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Try eating one meal a day standing up. For me, it’s usually breakfast. We have a tall breakfast bar in our house and I’m usually busy getting ready for work and sometimes it’s just easier to stand at the breakfast bar to chow down. 

While you are watching TV, try doing yoga or foam rolling. Sitting on floor always helps me to move in various positions rather than sinking into the couch and if the foam roller is closeby I’ll definitely use it while I’m there.

Other ways to get more movement into your life if you don’t want to associate with the word exercise are things like playing with the kids outside, volunteering for an event, walking the dog, gardening, mowing the lawn, etc. The opportunities are endless. 

Exercising doesn’t have to be a structured set of exercises like squats and lunges or running on the treadmill. It can be as simple as cleaning the house or walking the dog. The important part is to spend more time moving then you do sitting still every day.

What are some ways that you make movement a priority in your daily life? Leave a comment below.