“Exercise and application produce orders in our affairs, health of body, cheerfulness of mind and these make us precious to our friends”
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
One of America’s Founding Fathers got it right along time ago! And I guess he would be aghast if he could see the state of the nation now – and ours for that matter! Not quite as fit and healthy as we all should and could be.
Our bodies are designed to move. Our ancestors were on all fours and admittedly over a quite few hundred years, evolved to two feet. We however, in a relatively very short time, seem to be turning the clocks backwards, forgetting about our feet along the way and reverting to the sitting position more now than ever!!
Think about it. We wake up in the morning (where we have been horizontal for 8 or so hours) then we may sit on the side of our bed, before we walk a few steps to the bathroom/shower. After dressing etc we walk to the kitchen where we sit down and have breakfast, then many head to the office via sitting in the car and traffic, sitting on the tram, train or bus. We then may have a brief walk to our office where we sit for the next few hours, till lunch, where again it may involve a quick walk but again sit down have lunch, back to the office more sitting, commute home sitting again, Yea HOME! Onto the couch watch the news etc, sit for dinner, back to the couch, till eventually off to bed where we resume the horizontal position for another eight hours or so!!
OK OK I can hear your protests that this is not what you do! However, it is what a lot of people do everyday. And I don’t think our bodies particularly love us for it. So what to do? SIMPLE MOVE MORE!! Exercise and movement should be seen as an opportunity not a chore. Incidental exercise (the exercise you do when you don’t …do exercise) can play an enormous role in your overall fitness and general well being. Wherever, whenever you can.
At the office:
- Get off the tram, bus, train, one preferably two stops earlier and walk the remainder.
- Take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator. In some office buildings some of the stairwell doors are locked but not all – find out which one/s are open and set a challenge to walk up to that level and then catch the lift for the remainder!
- Instead of sending a quick email to a colleague in your office – get up, walk and deliver it in person.
- Where there are opportunities to stand rather than sit – do so!
- Get the kids more organised in the morning and walk to school rather than sit in that infuriating traffic.
- Leave the remote on top off the TV and get up and get it each time you need it!
- Gardening and more gardening
- Park at the far end of the shopping car park, carrying those shopping bags a little further will do wonders for your tuckshop arms!
- Walk the dog more – how can you resist those eyes looking longingly at you!
- House work – not a whole lot of pleasure (for me anyway) but a whole lot of gain!
- Go for a stroll after dinner – with your partner, the kids??
- Window shop – it so much cheaper!
- Meet a girl friend for coffee after you both have done a walk
- Dance more (seriously who is going to see you in the confines of your own home !)
- Walk the golf course no carts – they are only for seriously older people or those with a very sore hip!
- Park your car a block away from your destination. How much time have you driven around the block to try and get the park right outside where you are going? The time you have wasted not to mention the frustration, could have been avoided if you parked further away.
- Don’t you love it when people are on there mobile they stop and talk – walk and talk!
If your aim if to be slim, fit and healthy then exercise needs to be part of your lifestyle. If weight loss is an aim then you need to include “huff and puff” to help you achieve your goals. There are lots of equations we can do to work out how much and how often, so contact me if you need some guidelines. In the meantime……. move!
Be Happy & Healthy !