206 bones. 600+ muscles. Ligaments, tendons, joints, synovial fluid. Our bodies were built to move.
In our culture of comfort and efficiency, we’ve removed the need for movement that we were created to achieve. The result has been a few extra pounds, a few chronic diseases, and bodies that are less efficient and more stressed.
But just because we’re living in an environment that doesn’t require much movement, there are ways to move more and achieve better health. And just in case you’re wondering, “Why would I want to move more?” the known benefits of exercise are expansive and include better sleep, less stress, improved mood, and overall better health.
While going to the gym is a great way to increase your movement and strength, that’s not an option for everyone depending on your season of life and finances. But there are ways you can make changes today that can create lasting impact. It starts with being intentional. Here are five ways to start today:
Walk for 10 minutes after every meal.
Not only will this increase your movement, it will impact the way your body releases insulin and stores fat. There’s a lot of bang for your buck in doing this one thing. The faster your pace, the better, but any sort of walking is better than none.
Set a timer to go off every hour during the day.
Get up and move for 5 minutes or more each time. This will help with productivity as well as movement. You’ll likely experience more creativity, clarity and motivation as a result. And the time can be used multi-tasking. If you need to talk on the phone, walk around while doing so. Walk to a co-worker’s office instead of emailing. Fold a load of laundry. Walk the dog. Start prepping dinner. Clean something. Just move is some way instead of sitting for extended periods of time.
Take a prayer walk.
I like to start my day by prayer walking around the outside of my home. Each lap I make, I pray for a different family member.
Pick an active hobby.
Building in physical activities can help reduce TV time and screen time. Consider taking a dance class, training for a race, join a hiking club, play tennis, or go babysit some neighbors’ kids and play outside with them. Just pick something fun that you enjoy and get moving.
End your day with a clean sweep.
Set a timer and take a few minutes to tidy up around the house each evening before bedtime. Make it race (if that motivates you) to see how much you can accomplish in those few minutes.
What are some other ways you can start moving more today?