I had a client ask me if they only have 5 mins off and on in their day, is it better to get up and move OR should they try to exercise in longer time frames?
The simple answer is that they should get up and move in any time increments they may have! Research is continuing to show that long periods with lack of movement can be as detrimental to our health as smoking!
Three tips to get in more movement throughout the day – even if you are going to formally exercise that day:
Take the Long Way
Walk the longest route you possible can to your destination: the office kitchen, the bathroom, use the stairs instead of the elevator, park farther away from the door
Stand Rather Than Sit
While it would be great to have a work station where you can work standing up it may not be practical but maybe ways around that would be to have walking meetings, do conference calls standing or set your timer to get up and move at the top of the hour. Some activity trackers will alert us to get moving so even if you stand up where you are and move side to side is better than not moving!
Why Make This a Priority?
Lastly- make it a priority because we are meant to move and the less we do the more prone we will be to injuries from simple activities and the more we increase our risk for chronic diseases.
Anything you do that increases the need for oxygen in your body can help you add physical activity to your day. It may not seem like taking the stairs or parking far away would make a big difference, but adding little bouts of physical activity to your day can help you burn additional calories and improve your health.
The journey continues! The Rob’s Big Losers have completed their 5k and the 12 Week kick start to their new lives ahead. The Greenville County YMCA mentor and coaches have invested in helping them gain a healthy lifestyle. Now they all continue on to a whole new way of thinking about exercise and nutrition. Join me in congratulating all of these amazing people who have persevered and achieved greatness in their lives.
Below are the timed results of the 5k Run and the overall results of the 12 Week journey.
I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Gives Me Strength Philippians 4:13
Lee Ann Brooks
Congratulations to the over all winner at the YMCA and AT Home RBL’s and all the branch winners
I’m super excited & honored to even be a part of Rob’s Big Loser 2016. Although my mind cannot even fathom what a blessing this 12-week journey with the EastsideY will be, I can honestly say I feel it in my spirit. But if I’m being honest, with excitement I also feel a bit nervous. But I know this journey will not hurt me, it will help me so I’m choosing to do it anyway.
Spiritually, I worked through a lot last year and made some great strides in the right direction mentally as well. I even lost some weight along the way. Admittedly, I gained some of the weight back. Not all of it, but definitely more than the 10 pounds I initially allotted myself. But what I now appreciate about myself is the recognition that I have to make a conscious decision to move onward and upward despite what life throws at me.
While I’m celebrating because I’m not where I was, I’m also kicking myself in the behind because I’m not where I could be. But perhaps I’m where I should be. After all, everything thus far has brought me to this moment, this opportunity, & introduced me to such an amazing group of people. I am so thankful I get to experience this with 70+ other people who like me, have struggled to turn a corner. I feel God nudging me to conquer this part of my life and I know I’m suppose to share my journey with as many people as I can.
God has called me to such a level of excellence that no longer is it okay for me to stay where I am. It’s like a conviction or a restlessness within me. This thing goes beyond the numbers on a scale. I’m really thankful for this opportunity, and I’m super stoked to share my ups, downs, & roundabouts with my teammates & coaches as we move forward together towards transformation.
“I’m letting go it’s time; leave my fear behind me; I’m ready now it’s time; leave my fear behind me; My dreams are loud and my heart’s wide awake; all I know is I’m not meant to be silent” – Tori Kelly