Are you Moving?
Our spine is made for movement. This helps in a better flow of nerve and blood throughout the body system.
However, we are all guilty of putting exercise to the bottom of our never ending to-do list…
While you may not be able to reduce time for other daily commitments, it is worth trying to squeeze exercise into your routine! Every bit helps - Think of it as setting yourself up for better long-term health.
Here are some benefits of being active:
- reduce your risk of heart attack
- gives you more energy & boost your concentration and alertness
- help you manage your weight
- lower your blood pressure
- make your bones and muscles stronger
- help you sleep better
- improve your mood and help give you a positive outlook on life
How to fit activities into your life?
Prefer exercising in a block session?
- Try exercising early in the morning before you get busy.
- Schedule your exercise session in your calendar. (you are more likely to plan other things around it!)
- Exercise with someone else (It is much harder to cancel when you feel that you are letting someone down)
- Choose an exercise that you really enjoy - this is the key motivation to keep you going
Prefer short burst of exercises without messing up your day?
- Consider walking or ride your bike to go somewhere.
- Get off the bus one or two stops earlier, or park a little further and walk briskly to your destination.
- Instead of calling or emailing a colleague at work, walk to their workstation.
- If you’re stuck at your work desk, stretch your legs out in front of you, raise your arms or roll those shoulders
- Organise to have a sit-stand desk
- Take the stairs whenever you can, instead of the lift or escalator.
If multi-tasking is your thing…
- While waiting in line, balance on one foot for a few seconds, then the other.
- While talking on the phone, stand up and do a few leg raises or toe stands.
- While waiting for the kettle to boil, do a few wall push-ups or calf stretches.
- When you brush your teeth, do 10 squats.
- While watching television, do stretches and core exercises, or pedal a stationary bike.
*Disclosure: Not all tips will work for everyone, so choose a few things that suits your body and your routine.
Sometimes, the first step to take is to get in touch with a healthcare professional to discuss your health goals and ways to achieve them.