Commit to Sit ONE Less Hour!

I try to fit a little fitness into each and every day.  Not a hard-core workout every day, but definitely a good bit of movement.  For me it is about not only feeling good but also a sense of calm.  Exercise allows me to release my anxiety, energy and jitters.  If you know me well, than you know that I tend to be both fairly Type A and a highly energized person… AND, that is with daily exercise.

Could you imagine what I would be like without?

Exactly.

Obviously, I am in favor of all moms, women, and yes – men – exercising or moving daily.  A few months ago, Vonda Wright (orthopedic surgeon, exercise ambassador, and friend) called it my attention that as Americans we SIT 56 hours a week in one place.  As a writer and blogger, I know the reality of this all too well as I mostly sit on my a** at my computer.  To make matters worse, I typically eat my breakfast and lunch at my desk in addition to retiring there in the late hours.  

That is A LOT of hours just sitting.  Of course, I do my kegels while sitting, but that is a different post on movement.

I am not an orthopedic surgeon or even plain old doctor, but I realize that sitting for 56 HOURS is not good for anyone.  NOBODY.

As moms, we worry about being around to see our kids graduate and eventually play with our grandkids.  Ummmm…pretty sure that sitting 56 hours a week is not helping the process.  Not to mention, we need to be active in our role as a mom with young kids, making movement even more critical.

I know you are agreeing with my thought process yet shaking your head at me in regards to when you are going to fit all this damn movement in your schedule.

Believe me – it is not easy.  Here are a few quick tips on how to cram in a little movement where you may or may not expect it:

  • Do what you love, love what you DO:  Just like work, exercise is a task.  If you do not love it, you are not going to be motivated to do it.  My friends love kickboxing.  I despise it.  I look so ridiculously stupid kicking and punching with my annoyingly long limbs.  Lately, I torture myself with running because believe it or not – I am starting to love it.
  • Take Back Your Day:  Something that I have been doing about once a week for the last year is Working Out at Lunch Time.  One of my most favs, Meg Casserly over at Forbes, is calling for all women to take back their lunch hour whether it be for beauty or relaxation.  I say exercise works, too!  You are going to sit at your desk and eat anyways so claim that hour back and do something great for yourself and eat at your desk when you get back.  A little yoga, pilates, walking, or bike riding goes a long way.

 

  • Unless you are meeting someone REALLY BIG, a quick freshen up works wonders:  Are you concerned about what to do post-midday-exercise?  Lavender Wipes work wonders.  A quick go over with a lavender wipe cleans off sweat, bacteria, and freshens.  Reapply a little light makeup and I say you are good to go.
  • There is this little thing called a DVR:  Record your favor shows, watch them on a rainy Sunday, or later.  Make the most of the day with an evening walk or bike ride for the entire family.  Take the dogs, grab a frozen yogurt along the way, race home.  There is a reason that some genius invented all those baby joggers and bike trailers.  To help you move.
  • Make firm plans with yourself:  Have trouble sticking to a plan.  Put the exercise in your calendar.  There is no greater feeling than checking something OFF the to-do list.

Do you actively fight sitting 56 hours a week?  How?

 


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  • Angelica June 14, 2012, 12:44 PM

    I appreciate all the tips you share here…Doing yoga is a big help to motivate yourself..
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  • Jenny from the Blog June 15, 2012, 8:47 AM

    I literally sit non stop. All day, all night. When I’m not sitting I’m lying. Not lying, laying, as in down. I imagine that’s not great exercise??? I don’t know if I can go straight to standing, but I’ll definitely try to lean more. It’s a start.
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    • Rachel Blaufeld June 15, 2012, 4:18 PM

      I am envisioning you walking around leaning to one side – it is kinda humorous!

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  • Haralee June 15, 2012, 11:32 AM

    Great tips. A few more is NOT to make one trip picking up or gathering laundry, but many trips. Park as far away from your destination as possible while still in the same zip code. Forgo the elevators. Here is the toughest, sit on the floor and get up, try to pop up. Think duck duck goose!

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  • Emily June 15, 2012, 7:14 PM

    I can sit for one hour at a time or longer if it’s after 7:30 p.m.

    Teaching elementary school for so long gave me a habit of constant movement. 😉
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  • Nicole Fende June 24, 2012, 11:31 PM

    Since May I’ve been biking to pick up my daughter from daycare. Then of course I have to haul her in my nifty trailer all the way back. It’s a 10 mile bike ride with a few decent hills. That may not sound like much until you’ve that trailer plus a kid! I get over an hour of cardio that way, and my daughter loves it. Sometimes I hear the other kids at her daycare asking if they can get picked up in a bike.
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    • Rachel Blaufeld June 25, 2012, 6:21 AM

      That is a fabulous idea and a fabulous workout!! I am sure you look forward to that part of your day!!! I try to walk or bike to a lot of the kids’ after school and weekend activities … it is fun and sweaty 🙂

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