Whatever the answer I bet it’s not enough (I don’t mean to attack anyone, hear me out)…
This is what I was thinking this morning as I walked to the train station (about a mile from my home)… See, I had been waiting at the bus stop for over 10 minutes and the bus just never came. So, I picked up my heavy shoulder bag (the reason I take the bus in the morning is because with my lunch/coffee/water it gets really heavy) and I trekked the mile to the train station.
After putting some music on I embraced the walk – it was a great way to get in a mile of movement before I even began working.
And I started thinking :: What if I walked to the train station every morning rather than taking the bus? Sure my bag was heavy but I bet I could make it lighter. Maybe drink the coffee in the morning before I left the house. Or I could use a lighter lunch bag, hmmm… That could be a great way to commute, be outside and move my body and I need all the movement I can get…
Considering I sit at my desk about 8 hours every day + sit at my desk in my home office for another 2 hours + sit on the couch for another 1 – 2 hours… that adds up to a LOT of sitting!
Since I know sitting is killing us I try standing at my desk as often as possible, go to the gym on my lunch break where I do yoga or spinning, and I try to always walk home from the train when my bag is lighter BUT I strongly believe that the human body is meant to move. Not meant to sit. Meant to move!
That’s why I’m going to try incorporating more movement as much as possible. Little things add up and the more active you are the more active you will want to be. Like starting everyday with at least 1 downward dog. Dancing when I get home from work to shake off the work day and clear my mind. Taking a walk after dinner. Maybe a little more yoga before I go to sleep. Move, move, move.
The thing is, it’s easy to fall into the trap of inactivity. With the egg donation I couldn’t work out and I found it was really easy to replace the gym/physical activity with other things: like reading, writing and just relaxing. I missed the gym but I quickly adapted to a life of non-acitivity. BUT my body LOVES when I use it and usually wants more the more I give it. I remember after training for and completing my triathlon training – you’d think I would want to rest but instead I wanted to keep going. Keep running, biking, swimming. It felt so good to move my body so I even signed up for the Tufts 10K.
It’s hard to forget that we’re not meant to just sit and type all day. Human beings are smart creatures and it’s clear that using our brains is advantageous but still, we have these amazing, strong, capable bodies and they should be used.
So run, jump, play, skip, hop, walk, dance! Delight in the movement of your body.
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