As the summer sets in, we are more inclined to spend some time outdoors, reflect on the health of our bodies, and participate in fun activities. This month we are focusing on growing out of sedentary habits and growing in to moving our bodies naturally. Did you know that sitting for prolonged periods of time can actually be harmful to your health? Incorporating simple natural movement can increase your lifespan and make you a more happy person overall.
Here are a few ways to get moving this month.
Going back to the basics
When we think of physical exercise we think of running on the treadmill, attending a yoga class, or maybe doing crunches on the floor. Most people don't know that you actually have all that you need to be a healthier version of yourself already built in! Moving your body the way it was designed can help with fat loss, increased mobility, less pain, and so much more.
So what is natural movement? It is any physical movement that our cavemen ancestors did to ensure their day-to-day survival.
- Squat when you can: When you are folding laundry, cleaning the bathtub, washing the dog, or even styling your hair, take a squat.
- Practice get ups: Sit on the floor as opposed to a chair/couch, and when it is time to stand up don't use your hands! See how many you can do in a day.
- Literally just stand: In modern times, we are often sitting and it is not good for our health! Choose to stand up rather than sit if you can. Opt for a standing desk or indulge in your favorite tv series while doing standing stretches.
Did you know?
People who perceive their work to be exercise actually lose weight more easily and have healthier blood pressure. So next time you're cleaning, think of it as your workout!
Find the workout in your daily routine.
Go about your normal life, but anytime there is an opportunity to work your muscles, take it!
When you need to go to the store, park at the back of the parking lot.
While you are watching TV, do some side planks.
While you are cooking, do some calf raises.
Stand on one leg while brushing your teeth, talking on the phone, or waiting in line.
Switch your desk chair for an exercise ball.
Volunteer to doing any errand that requires walking.
And play with the kids! Run, tumble in the grass and dance any chance you can.