Blogging plus my full-time job equals too much time in front of the computer.
When I am involved in a deadline project and super concentrated on what I am doing, it is very easy for me to lose track of time and forget to move from my chair. Sitting at my desk for hours on end may help me get my work done, but researchers also say it increases my chances of getting diabetes, heart disease and shortening my life. So as comfy as it feels to sit or hang out on the couch, I've got to get moving.
Because when I don't move, I feel as if my body is literally turning to Jello.
And that's when I make myself get up and stretch and walk and move around to get everything going again because our bodies are designed to move, groove and if we take care of them, they will work like efficient, healthy machines.
The father of one of the guys I work with in my office is a doctor and he told his son that every day you should do some kind of activity that makes your heart beat faster. The activity has to be aerobic enough so you feel your heart accelerate in its beating but not to the point of being out of breath.
This guy definitely follows his father's advice because sometimes he takes the stairs from the lobby all the way up to our office on the 10th floor. I know this because I have seen him come through the door from the stairwell and he is usually holding his fingers to his neck taking his pulse.
Now I don't feel the need to go running 10 flights up the stairwell but I do make sure to leave my desk every day and go for a 10 to 15 minute walk around the block or to the park to get my heart and circulation going. I also have been known to do jumping jacks in front of the copying machine when I don't think anyone is around. There is joy in motion for it's great for your body and mind. It cleans out the brain of those swirling thoughts that are stuck and gets you to free thinking.
Motion can also promote healing for those navigating the loss of a loved one or dealing with lots of stresses.
This is a time of patience with yourself and others. That may be difficult when you have little energy or patience to spare but think of exercise as a way to transition. Being around a lot of people and exercising are probably at the bottom of your list of things you want to do right now but start slowly. Take baby steps, breath deeply and walk around your neighborhood. If you continue this for at least a week or two, you will have strengthened your mind/body connection and will see a change in your mood.
We can do it together. There's no better time to start than today!
For more ideas about fitting exercise into our busy schedules, here's the link to a great WebMD story that reinforces the philosophy that standing is always better than sitting and walking is better than standing: