How do you move your body on a daily basis? Do you have room to add more activity in your day?Life can be a balancing act. When things get busy, regular exercise sometimes has a way of ending up on the bottom of the priority list.So, having some quick ideas to add more movement to your schedule can make a world of difference to your health, energy, and happiness.
Most of us have a number of routines in place, even if we don’t think we do. Things like brushing our teeth, bathing, driving to work—they all just sort of happen and don’t require a lot of thought or planning.
Why not multitask where we can, and add in a bit of movement to spice up our regular routines?
Here are some ideas: Do squats or standing lunges while you brush your teeth, stretch your muscles while you take a shower, contract your abs and buttocks during you commute to work, do calf raises while you wash the dishes, enjoy a walk on your lunch break.
2. Set a Reminder
I love setting reminders on my phone. I have one that pops up hourly to remind me to have a glass of water.
It might also be fun to set a reminder to have a spontaneous dance party with yourself, or to get up and jog on the spot, or stretch your muscles, or hop on one foot.
Setting reminders is yours by design. You could use technology, or you could elicit the help of a friend who’ll hold you accountable and check in with you regularly.
The idea is to plan a bit ahead so you don’t have to think about it. All you need to do is be brave enough to follow through—you never know, you may start a movement in your office through your movement!
3. Visualize Being Healthy and Happy
Never underestimate the power of visualization. I love to visualize while I’m running or exercising. I imagine how good it feels to be in a fit body. Sometimes, I think about an upcoming holiday or event, and I picture myself there feeling awesome in my body and confident that I’m healthy and strong.
When we put our focus on what we want to feel like, it has a way of creating that feeling in the moment. This is such a better alternative than beating up on ourselves for not looking or feeling a certain way. Visualizing has a way of opening up our minds to the idea that it’s possible and attainable. It also helps us stay more accountable because we’re more apt to make choices that’re in line with this end feeling we’ve connected with.
4. Make it a Priority to Get More Sleep
A good night’s sleep makes everything feel better. When we get adequate sleep on a regular basis, we end up having more energy and motivation.
After a good night, it’s also so much easier to lace up our shoes and get moving. So, if we want to have more pep in our step, then we need to know when to say goodnight and stick to a regular routine of getting enough pillow time.
So, set an alarm for bedtime. So often, we’re programmed to set an alarm to wake up—why not set an alarm that signals it’s time for sleep? Then, remove distractions from the bedroom. Instead of using your smartphone as an alarm, invest in a good old-fashioned alarm clock. That way, you won’t be tempted to use your phone for other things (email, web browsing, social media). It’s the “out of sight, out of mind” rule in action.