This month our topic is Move More – Move Well. You’ve heard the saying “sitting is the new smoking”, right? Here is an article that will help you understand the sitting/smoking debate a little better - https://theheartfoundation.org/2019/08/10/is-sitting-the-new-smoking/ With that said we will be sharing ideas to help you move more and if you choose to move well over the next month. Today’s topic is Want to live an active lifestyle with our move more tips. Be sure to get in touch with us and let us know how we can help you.
Move More Tips to Live an Active Lifestyle
1. Take a Break Every Hour
If you find yourself sitting at work or at home, make it a point to take a break for each hour you spend sitting. If you work in an office setting, this can be a quick trip to the water cooler to refill your water bottle, a walk to the bathroom, or even just you are standing and stretching for 2-3 minutes. Whatever works for you, just move for two to five minutes for every hour. To begin practicing moving more we recommend setting a timer to get you up and moving each hour.
2. Drink Lots Of Water
First of all, drinking pure, clean water is good for all of your body systems, but besides just that, drinking water will make you need to take more frequent bathroom breaks. Frequent bathroom breaks are the best way to have an excuse to get up when you work in an office setting. Plus, you’ll have to make extra trips to refill your water bottle too.
3. Walk When You Talk On The Phone
This is a practice we have done for years. There is something therapeutic about walking and talking so we use this tip regularly. Sometimes you may need to take a conference call, or maybe you are spending time talking on the phone with a friend or relative for hours on end. No matter who it is, move while you are talking on the phone with them. You can move, or if you are anything like me, I look out the window at nature. Consider repurposing your phone time into movement so you aren’t spending a half-hour phone call sitting in place.
4. Eat Outside
As the weather is now getting warmer here where we live this tip is practical for a couple of reasons. However long your lunch break may be, consider taking your lunch outside. This encourages you to leave your desk and go for a little walk, even if it is just down the stairs and out the door. You could even order lunch for pick up nearby and walk to go pick it up on your lunch break to add even more steps to your day.
6. Consider Scheduling Walking Meetings
If your job involves scheduling a lot of meetings, see if some of the people you are meeting with would be willing to go for a walking meeting instead. If the weather is nice, consider an outdoor walking meeting even. Studies have actually shown that walking can help the creative juices flow as it pumps more blood and oxygen to the brain! And if your someone who finds meetings boring, this will help make them more interesting. However, do note that walking meetings generally only work when you are meeting one or two other people.
How will use these 5 moves more tips to help you more move and move well for your best active lifestyle? Share any comments or ideas below.
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Next month our topic is - Sedentary No Longer. We are introducing a Walking Challenge and if you are interested in signing up for our Free Walking Challenge Next month register here
We have outsourced our lifestyle for way too long!