Tips and ideas on how to stay fit through out our day…(5)

Does your job entail sitting at a desk for long periods at a time? If so, I really suggest you set a timer for 20 minutes; 30 the longest. You want to get up and move at least one time every 30 minutes. It isn’t good to sit in one place for longer than that. Get up, get your blood moving. Stand up and stretch. Reach up towards the ceiling and then bend at the waist and touch your toes; repeat 5 times. Do calf raises; two sets of 10 repetitions. Stretch up toward the ceiling and with right arm reach up and over to the left; repeat with other arm; do this stretch three times on each side. Take in long deep breaths.

Let’s help our bodies by constantly finding ways to move it. Too long at a desk/sitting can have detrimental effects on our health. Studies have shown people who sit for prolonged times have an increase in cardiovascular issues, diabetes, colon cancer, and even death! Sitting can also have an impact on knees, hip, and all over joint pain, not to leave out the back problems that can arise from too much sitting on your bottom.

So just get moving, keep on moving. If you can’t get a stand up desk at work, try to do as much as possible standing/moving. Talk on the phone while standing. Walk to a colleges office rather than sending email or text. And the very least, give yourself two minutes to stretch every thirty minutes. Use your breaks for walking; take the stairs, light calisthenics. You may find all this new movement will show a lighter you on the scale! Okay let’s take a stand! All rise! 😀

Tips and ideas on how to stay fit… (4)

Ways to sneak in exercise throughout your day without much effort.

Standing in line at the grocery store, bank, Target; anywhere? Do calf raises. Lift up onto ball and toes, up and down. Do them until you feel the burn–no need to count reps. Rest a few seconds and do them again. Great for calves and strengthening feet. I do them bare footed while doing dishes or cooking too!  If you can only sit; plant feet flat on the ground and then lift up on to balls of feet.  Add extra resistance by pressing down on thighs or add a couple of books on top of thighs. Give it a try!