RK Tip of the Week|There’s a wide world out there folks…it’s time to get moving

Posted on May 7, 2010


Insane work hours are not an excuse to stop moving. If you think I live in a bubble of fitness and fun & “just don’t understand” how busy your life is, and how hard it is to fit fitness in, think again. It’s why the Tip of the Week is 3 days late! The person who pays you & the person who up-keeps the body you live (that’d be you!) take top priority, everything else – blogging included – goes after that.

We’ve been finishing a huge new project at the Performance Center that is going to change a lot about how we interact with all of you in the community. I’m totally pumped about it and can’t wait to share this new project with you, which I’ll be doing very soon, but suffice it to say that I’ve worked more hours in the last few weeks than I care to count.

I’m not going to give you my sob story, but suffice it to say that these have been grueling days of work that started very early, didn’t end until very late, and included many moments of “ah, my body would really like to just keep laying on the floor with my client while I show them their stretches.” All of which could create the perfect storm of The Stress Feels Like a Workout So Why Workout At All-Itis.

And not once did I consider not working out. Because not working out = early death in MANY studies that have been done & thanks but my boss and I would both like me to be around for a long time to come. And it just feels bleh to skip exercise once you’re on the bandwagon. Not on the bandwagon yet? Read on!

Despite health recommendations that all adults complete a minimum of 30 mins of fairly vigorous physical activity most days of the week, 62% of adults over age 18 lead completely sedentary lifestyles. That’s shocking if you think about it – it means only a small percentage of Americans are out seeing the world, using their amazing bodies to get around, see things, and do the stuff that creates memories. That’s a lot of memory-making that’s going un-done by Americans!! In addition, that’s a WHOLE LOT of Americans who are getting lethargic, sick & weak from their choice to skip getting physical in their day.

You learned last week that sitting around builds fuzz in your tissues that makes movement tough & pain levels rise. And there’s a million scientifically backed studies showing you that if you don’t move, bad things happen to you – and yet many still sit. And sit. And sit. At the end of the day, you’ve got to just make the decision to be a Nike shirt & ‘just do it.’ But here’s a few more things you can do to get yourself in the habit of moving regularly – your butt will thank you.

1. One of my faves: the Daily 100 – pick one movement, exercise or stretch & do 100 of them throughout your day; maybe its 10 bent over toe touch stretches each hour, or 25 pushups on your desk before you sit down spaced throughout the day. If you do this every day, you’ll make a big jump in your activity level.

2. Don’t allow yourself to sit down on the couch until you’ve done 15 mins of something moderately intense – like yard work, rough-housing with the kids, heavy duty housework that requires bending, twisting, lifting, etc.

3. Take yourself to the park (kids/grandkids or not) and swing on the swings, climb the jungle gym steps, do assisted pull ups on the kiddie monkey bars (your feet will still touch the ground, so use your legs to help yourself pull your chin up near the bar.) Think you’ll look like an idiot? You’re forgetting that the majority of adults are totally sedentary so either they won’t even be at the park to see you, or they will be there sitting on benches getting envious and/or inspired watching you climb around!

These 3 things are simple to do and just take a moment of ignoring your inner “I’m too tired” voice to get your feet moving toward those recommendations for daily physical activity. Try them asap & start reaping the benefits of an active life today!