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I like to move it, move it

February 19, 2013 - Meg Alexander
We live in a sedentary society. Many of us sit at our desks during our workday, and then we go home and sit or lounge on the couch, where we watch TV, check Facebook, play Words with Friends, etc.

It's no wonder we don't feel good. Our bodies are made to move!

I'm as guilty as the next person on some days, but I have a few quirks that prevent me from sitting around for long, and it turns out they're good for me!

1) I like to talk and walk, especially when I'm on my cell phone. Even if I'm in a confined space, I'll still walk, or rather pace. (Ask my co-workers. It probably drives them nuts.)

2) Walking also helps me clear my head and focus, so if I'm not on my phone you see me aimlessly roaming around, I'm not lost. I'm probably just fighting writer's block and working through different story angles in my head.

3) I'm only 5 feet tall and sitting in a desk chair isn't comfortable when your feet don't touch the floor, so I often sit with my feet on the seat of the chair and my knees to my chest, or cross-legged. Both of these positions get uncomfortable after about 30-40 minutes, which forces me to get up, stretch my legs with a quick lap around the office, and then return to the task at hand.

4) I don't watch TV. I have a television, a $5 purchase from an estate sale, but I can only use it to watch movies. Shocking, I know. I realized a few years ago that I was never going to look back on my life and think, "Dang! Why didn't I watch more TV?"

5) I like to set mini challenges for myself throughout the day. I've done this since I was a little girl, even if it's something as silly as trying to (thoroughly) wash a sink full of dishes in 7 minutes. Weird? Maybe, but I think it probably comes from my parents making us kids help out on projects inside and outside the house on Saturday mornings. The quicker I made my bed, cleaned my room, picked up sticks and mowed the lawn, the more time I would have to spend with my friends.

6) I tend to look at small slots of time as opportunities, so if I have 20 minutes to spare, it's enough time to practice guitar, or walk my dog, or enjoy a cup of tea, or write a blog, etc., etc. This one is a habit I developed when I was quitting smoking, thanks to a suggestion from my brother, a trained counselor. Instead of focusing on what I missed about smoking, I decided to focus on what I could accomplish in the time it took me to smoke that clove cigar. I was pleasantly surprised that quitting smoking not only improved my physical health and my pocketbook, but it also gave me more time to spend doing things I really enjoy doing.

These quirks are obviously personal to me, but there are countless ways anyone can incorporate more activity — and joy — into their lives. So how are you going to move it, move it?

 
 

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