Movement is something that is SEVERELY lacking in modern life, especially in the United States. Modern life has made everything quite convenient. People sit at work, sit in the car when they drive home and then sit some more once they get home. Shoot, I’m sitting right now as I’m writing this blog.
Something else is also happening in the United States… chronic illness. 46% of children under the age of 12 have a chronic illness in the U.S. This directly correlates with modern lifestyle. With the abundance of processed food, lack of awareness around food and sedentary lifestyle, it’s no wonder were experiencing a serious health epidemic.
What can you do? Well I’m glad you asked. Move more. That’s right. In order to live a higher quality of life (and longer one) we just need to move more. Here are 5 ways you can incorporate more movement in your daily life.
Go For a Walk DAILY
This is something that everyone can fit into their schedule. Whether it is 20–30 minutes in the morning or a nice long walk with your significant other and/or your dog at night. This can be very beneficial for both physical AND spiritual health. Yeah, I know it sounds woo-woo but getting outside in nature and getting some sunlight is very powerful. We are alwaysstuck inside during work, when we get home to cook dinner and now with technology, you could legit go for days and not even step a foot outside of the house. Get out and go walk. You’d be shocked at the impact it has on your mental clarity, energy and connection with the world.
Park Far Away
This is a pretty easy one. When you get to your destinations, purposefully park further away. No, I’m not saying that if you’re in a sketchy neighborhood to park far away and run the risk of getting mugged… you should be aware of your surrounding anywhere. Not the point. The point is when you get to work, or go to the grocery store park far away. Challenge yourself to move more. This is really easy but will add up over time.
Take The Stairs
Another super simple one. Instead of taking the elevator or escalator, take the stairs. Taking the stairs will definitely add up over time (you’re on an incline versus a flat surface) and is just another healthy habit to get into. Your body was built to move… it won’t hurt you to climb the steps.
Start An Exercise Program
This is a big one. If you’re not currently doing any kind of resistance training, you should be. For longevity and health, it is WITHOUT QUESTION the best way to train your body. If you want to know why it is superior, click here to read the blog I wrote about it. Many people are very intimidated to start lifting weights and training with resistance. This is understandable and that is why there are coaches and trainers that want to help. There is nothing that brings me more happiness than to see someone progress with their health. This includes getting stronger, losing body fat, sleeping better, having more energy, more focus, better sex drive and the list goes on. If you need help finding a place to start based upon your lifestyle, goals and limitations, fill out this application and we’ll set up a time to do a strategy call to map out an exercise game plan for YOU!
Do Your Chores (Seriously)
Chores suck. Or do they? A lot of things in life are all about perspective. One easy way to get more movement in throughout your day is to do some work around the house. Cleaning, doing dishes, sweeping, mowing (push mower) etc. Anything that you can do that involves moving your body that would be considered a “chore”. This is an easy way to stay active on a regular basis. It is also something that doesn’t require a lot of thinking. This means you can be very present and “tone out” any negative stressors going on in your life and just focus on the simple chore at hand. A cool way to start looking at chores is as a way to become a healthier you physically, emotionally and spiritually.