It’s Day 7 of the Get Stuff Done 1×31 Challenge and today’s challenge is to do it for the health of it.
In February I fulfilled this fitness instructor’s fantasy and went to Red Mountain Resort in Utah to spend a few glorious days exploring Zion National Park, let my toes luxuriate in the red sand surrounding the resort, and partake in as many fitness classes as my body would allow before going on a sit down strike.
Adventures abounded from lectures to spa treatments to culinary classes to art excursions. One day after a scrumptious lunch, Bob and I decided to attend a lecture and let our food settle before heading to the Drums Alive class.
Maybe because travel opens my heart and head to new information in a way that reading it in a fitness magazine can’t, I totally latched on to the information presented about posture and proper spinal alignment.
It seems all this texting and being glued to our electronic devices with our heads down and shoulders slumped is wreaking havoc not just on our posture but also our health. This constant state of forward head carriage can age us quicker than sitting, smoking, sunning, or any number of risky activities can.
So what can you do about it? The good news is you can reverse the effects of this habit. Here’s a link to a video with exercises you can start doing in as little as 15 minutes a day.
Your body will let you know when the strain is getting to you. You’ll instinctively feel the need to stretch, to roll your shoulders, or get up and move.
Please heed the advise of your well-intentioned body. Don’t worry who catches you bending, stretching, lunging, squatting, or planking at the office. Consider yourself a trend setter or the founding member of the newly appointed wellness squad.
One of my very favorite things at work is my standing desk. At home I have a treadmill desk. I still haven’t mastered the art of typing and walking, but when I watch videos or TED talks or Skype with friends, the treadmill is on.
There are so many ways to work in a work out without any need for expensive gym memberships, fancy clothes, or huge chunks of time.
Next time you make or take a phone call, stand up while you talk. Stretch while you reach for that file. Lunge to pick up the crumpled up paper you were hoping would make it into in the round file. Do it for the health of it.
Your body will thank you. Your energy will most likely increase. And your attitude will certainly lighten a little.
Now, for the health of it, drop and give me 15 pushups. Sorry, once a fitness instructor, always a fitness instructor.
Leave your ideas, suggestions, or best practices in the comments below.