The solution is simply to stand as much as possible during the day. As a teacher, this is very easy for me to do. I can spend most of my class either standing in front of the class while I'm teaching or standing at my podium while the students work silently. If I do need to work on my computer, I've actually once converted my desk into a standing desk using only old textbooks. Standing desks are becoming very popular, even attached to treadmills (treaddesks). The real point is to be mindful of how much you are sitting throughout the day, and work towards getting out of your seat when possible.
2. Walk... a Lot- This may not seem like a revolutionary health activity, but it is so easy to add walking into your everyday life. Here are a few of my recommendations:
- Walk and talk- Turn all cell phone conversations into a walk.
- Walk during lunch- I currently have a 30 minute lunch break, but if I bring my lunch to work, it takes me approx. 15 minutes to heat up and eat my lunch. Once iIm done eating, I immediately go outside and walk for the remainder of my lunch break.
- Walk with your family- Who says that you have to sit on the couch while you have a family discussion. Spend time with your family as you walk around the block.
- Walk for Leisure- I'm a huge Atlanta Braves fan and also an avid podcast listener. So when a game is on, or when I have something to listen to, I take my phone with me and listen to my program while I'm walking. This takes the place of me sitting in my recliner watching the game or surfing the web.
3. Play...Hard! Sometimes the best way to get your heart-rate up is by having fun! As a Dad, there are many opportunities to be very active while playing with the kids: picking them up, chasing them, playing football or baseball, etc. When you think about it, most anyone can find moments in our lives to drop everything and go have fun while being active.
Turn off the TV and go outside and play! Join a softball league or ultimate frisbee team. Go do something with a group of friends that does NOT involve eating. Think about any active activity that you like to do...and then go do it! For me, even at the most unhealthy points in my life, my one favorite physical activity has been hiking. Even if I was huffing and puffing and out of breath, there was something about hiking in the woods that really connected with me. Think about it. Is there a time in your life where you've been completely exhausted and out of breath but... happy? Make that your new regular activity!
What is one thing that you can do tomorrow to start becoming a more active and healthy person? Please share in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!