Use it, don’t lose it.  Movement Matters!

You have heard of the phrase, if you don’t use it, you will lose it. Well it is very true, especially when it comes to your body. Regular movement is imperative to long term health and wellness. It doesn’t matter if you opt for a structured class or just moving on your own, they key is to move.

In the United States we have more desk jobs that do not involve regular activity. Most jobs require little physical labor, which means we have to come up with ways to add exercise to our daily lives. It is suggested that a minimum of 20 – 30 minutes of activity per day is necessary to maintain a healthy body. Regular movement helps to improve balance, coordination, endurance and focus (yes, it is good for your brain to exercise). Building good habits is the key.

How can you add exercise to your day?

Every hour, get up from your desk and spend a few minutes stretching. It can be as simple as flexing and relaxing your calves, pushing your shoulder blades back, marching in place, clenching your buttocks or moving your head from shoulder to shoulder.

Instead of sitting in the cafeteria, take a walk at lunch. If the weather is not conducive to being outside, pick a route in the office and walk around for 10 minutes or more. Ask a friend to join you, that will make it fun and give you an accountability partner. Challenge yourself to get in 100 steps per minute. Another idea is to have walking meetings instead of sitting down for coffee. It does not have to be fast paced. You can have a stroll while brainstorming or planning.

Park at the end of the lot. It sounds simple, but it works. By parking at the far end of the parking lot, you give yourself the opportunity to get in 2 tiny workouts walking into and out of the office. Try doing the same when you go shopping.

Once you are out of the office, you probably find yourself involved in regular household chores and family activities at home. Have you ever tried laundry squats? How about adding a few lunges to your vacuuming routine? While standing in front of the stove making dinner, stand on your toes and give your calves a good stretch. Attempt to do three sets of eight.

Lastly take a cue from the kids. Jumping rope or using a hula hoop for 5 or 10 minutes can give you a good cardio workout and firm up your core.

With today’s sedentary lifestyle being so prominent in our culture, it is important to add movement to your daily routine to keep your body in tune. If you find it difficult to start or are experiencing any discomfort, come into our physical therapy center for an evaluation and recommendations.

The content on this website is not considered medical advice. Please call your physician before making any medical or lifestyle changes

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