Today’s post is all about movement. When I first started working from home, I noticed that I’ve was doing an incredible amount of sitting. There were days when I was literally sitting in front of my computer for 4-5 hours at a time without moving once.
We all know the dangers of sitting too much. Have you heard the phrase “sitting is the new smoking?” I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to get up and move as much as you can throughout the day. I understand it can be hard if you have a desk job, but you have to make the effort.
Make it a goal to get up and move at least once an hour.
I started setting an hourly alarm to remind myself to get up and take a break. I try to move around for at least 5 minutes every hour. Sometimes it’s emptying the dishwasher or changing the laundry. Sometimes it’s doing a mini workout. Here are some that I’ve been using to get myself moving during my breaks!
Use your desk chair (if it doesn’t have wheels), your desk or the edge of a table to do your dips!
If you don’t want to get down on the ground, do incline pushups using the edge of your desk or the wall.
You can pretty much stand in place to do this one! You only need a few square feet of space.
If you don’t have stairs, repeat the first three exercises three times through and go for a 2 minute walk.
- For the shoulder rolls, do 10 forwards the first time and 10 backwards the second time.
- For the forearm stretch, place your hands palms down on a desk or table with your fingers pointing towards you for 20 seconds.
- For the back arch, place your hands on your hips, fingers pointing backwards, arch your back and try to get your elbows to touch for 20 seconds.
- For the twists, stand up , put your hands on your hips and slows twist side to side for 20 seconds.
- For the neck rolls, slowly roll your head in a complete circle. Do five each direction.
What’s your favorite way to make sure you get up and move throughout the day?