I've recently started back working at the local library and my body isn't happy about it. It feels stiff and achey. Although I'm free to move about the library and don't have to be glued into a chair, there isn't a lot of movement baked into my day with the exception of shelving books.
I thought I could manage this by doubling down on exercise and movement before and after my work day, but it's not enough. For me, and most, I would argue, the secret to feeling well is to move THROUGHOUT the entire day. Get the blood flowing and the lungs working. The challenge? Making sure it gets done. Here's my solution:
My solution simply consists of a whiteboard (I just love the feeling of control a whiteboard gives me!) and a magnetized timer. When I'm at work or when I know I'll be doing something for a long period of time, I set it to a block of time (40, 50, 60 minutes). Once the buzzer rings, I have to do the items listed on the board. Every time I do the list of items, I mark it with a check mark (that feels good too). I'll change the movements every week. My goal is to do these movements at least five times a day, spread throughout my day. I'm still doing my regular workout in the morning, which includes some cardio, strength and Foundation Training. The difference is that I'm also building in movement throughout the day, instead of just at the beginning and end of the day.
So far, I've been doing this for the past few days and I feel GREAT! I'm even doing these exercises on the days that I'm not in the library. My body goes to bed at night thanking me for taking care of it ALL day. If you'd like to join me in this challenge, let me know and I'll help get you set up with everything you need, including a movement plan!