As someone who works from home and is through with the busy years of raising my family, it’s sometimes a challenge to move as much as I should in an average day. And simply moving more can have tremendous benefits for our body wellness and state of mind. Moving burns calories, keeps joints healthier, helps build muscle, increases the production of endorphins that regulate our moods and feed our brains and promotes better sleep. So today I’m sharing 5 ways that I’m moving more these days.
#1 – I’m getting outside for walks most every day.
While I’m all for a brisk walk on the treadmill if you have one, I find that the added benefits of fresh air, sunshine and a change of location keep me more motivated. That’s why I get outside for a walk most every day, even if the weather is harsh. Some days this walk is literally just a walk down my street and back…maybe even several of those. But getting outside has become a must for me.
The keys to getting outside for a brisk walk – even in bad weather – are having the right shoes and layering apparel. If there’s snow on the ground, I wear these boots (40% off) or these boots (38% off). And my Bernardo EcoPlume hooded coat (40% off) keeps me quite warm, especially if I also layer one of these tees under my sweater and wear one of these vests under my coat.
#2 – I’m using a Fitbit to remind me to move every hour.
James surprised me with a Fitbit for Christmas. We have set them to remind us to get in at least 250 steps every hour for at least 9 hours of each day. That little buzz helps me get out of my office chair and walk around the house or down the street periodically throughout my day.
It’s important to move throughout our days and not just for one long spell during a workout. This “day long” movement helps keep our metabolism higher and helps us to sleep better at night. It’s also important for joint health.
#3 – I’m using my Fitbit to compel me to get in 10,000 steps each day.
Of course, the Fitbit also keeps track of your steps throughout the day. So I aim for 10,000 steps each day. Honestly, some days that just doesn’t happen. But when I didn’t have my Fitibit it happened even less frequently!
#4 – We plan outings that involve a lot of walking.
James and I get out to explore Ohio and the surrounding area at least once a month. And when we do, we always include walking. We may combine a late lunch, a walk through a state park, a visit to a fun coffee shop and a stroll through a quaint downtown.
Moving is just easier and more fun when you go with someone you enjoy. And somehow walking in a new place makes it more enjoyable, too.
#5 – I dress for movement on normal workdays, too.
Finally, because I work from home, I can dress for movement on my usual workdays. Whether that means I wear leggings and a tunic, fleece lined pants and a sweater or joggers and a sweatshirt, I get dressed for my day in a way that I can still dash outside for a little fresh air whenever I can.
Especially on Tuesdays, when I spend a long day at my desk editing a video, I dress so that I’m more prone to get up and move.
I’ve had my Talbots tech stretch high waist leggings since the fall, and I wear them often for work outs or walks around the neighborhood. I like that they have a high waist, stay put without drooping, and feel great on. They also come in black.
But I recently purchased this panache pink jersey tee to brighten up my workout clothing a bit. This lightweight 57% Cotton, 38% Modal, 5% Spandex tee feels so soft on the skin. And it moves with me easily. I’m wearing my TTS medium and it also comes in a pretty blue.
What about you? Do you have a plan for moving more? I’ve found that if I don’t have a plan in place and a few incentives – like move-worthy clothes, my Fitbit and warm gear for acclimate weather conditions – I’m less likely to move as much as I need to. But I’ve got my plan in place and I’m glad to report that it’s working this year. Hooray for little victories!
Thanks so much for dropping in. I hope you have a lovely day.
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Blessed for My Day
Have you ever felt your problems growing bigger by the minute? I’ve noticed that the more I think on my woes, the longer I discuss them and harder I try to wrap my mind around them, the bigger they get. Yes, I’ve been known to blow things out of proportion. But I’ve also experienced my share of serious troubles. I bet you have, too.
Still, there is One we can run to who can help “bring us out of our distresses.” The problems may not dissolve or be solved, but the weight of them can decrease in the presence of the Lord. If your problems seem heavier today, I encourage you to share them with God. Run to Him with your troubles. He will lift the burden and make them feel less weighty and suffocating. And as He gives you much needed perspective, He will also restore your joy.
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
For I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
Bring me out of my distresses. ~ Psalm 25:16-17