Do you find yourself trading health for convenience?
Like finding that close parking spot at the mall.
Hopping on the escalator, rather than the steps.
Or stopping at the end of your driveway to get the mail.
1. Walk To Work!
Well, not exactly…If your place of work has a parking lot that you can park rather far away, this is an excellent way to get in your moves.
If you don’t have a parking lot, how about parking blocks away?
Say it takes 100 steps to cover a block. At a decent pace, those 100 steps should take about 1 minute. Count on an extra 5-6 minutes to get from your car to your building.
2. Go to town!
Usually most of the spots in or very close to a small town are metered.
Just on the fringe of those meters is free parking.
Two advantages there.
One, free. Free also means no hassle to return to feed the meter.
Two, you get some daily moves.
Depending how far away you park you could be wracking up some serious steps.
Every time I go into our small town I park about 6-7 blocks away. It can become quite a stimulating challenge to find a far spot.
It’s actually manageable because most people take the easy way and leave those far and free spots open.
The challenge is in your outlook.
The stimulation is in the accomplishment.
3. For Every 55 Minutes on Your Keister Do Anything But Sit!
Stand, Reach, Stretch, March, Box, Wave Your Arms.
Sitting too much cuts down on blood and lymph circulation, slows your metabolism and makes your muscles weaker.
Motion is Lotion.
For your joints and your attitude.
Add in some vigor.
Spice up your stagnancy.
Sedentary no more can begin right now.
This post has taken me nearly 65 minutes.
Out my back door, down the hill and onward go I!
Lisa Byrne is the owner and chief creative officer at Pilates for Sport, LLC in Bucks County, Pa. She has her B.S in Exercise Physiology and is a Certified Pilates Instructor. Lisa has operated her fully equipped Pilates studio since 1999 and has been in the Health and Fitness Industry for 23 years. The studio space is home to private sessions, small group training, and the outdoor circuit buffet, sure to get anyone grooving. Visitors to the movement studio span the range and include average boomers looking for diversity; young people with Asperger's-Autism; hard core athletes looking to "˜loosen up'; and those in need of chronic pain management through movement.
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