Move Often

How to Keep Moving in Times of Extraordinary Circumstances

I didn’t expect my first post to dive directly into wellbeing, but because we’re all (the entire world) in quite an all-encompassing crisis, I thought it would be appropriate to start with some very actionable and useful tips on how to keep yourself and loved ones healthy until life can resume a bit more freedom.

Eating nutritionally dense foods and maintaining good mineral levels is obviously a priority. But that flies in the face of what human nature automatically gravitates to, in times of crisis — comfort food, and disregard for routine.

I will touch on some “eating well” tiny little actions you can take later, but today I want to address the other vital part of health (mental AND physical).

Yes — you have to figure out a way to keep yourself moving.

There are 2 layers here: exercise — as in working out (which happens once a day or 3-4 times a week). And continuously moving throughout the day (once or twice per hour of waking time).

Workout Ideas

For the exercise stuff, there are an endless amount of very good sites online and now on TV that you can use to help you out.

What you choose will depend on your taste (beginner, intermediate, advanced, fast v slow, intense v gentle, short v long, varied v consistent, etc.)

My advice is — choose what you enjoy and will keep you coming back! Genius — I know ;o) But as obvious as that is — you’d be surprised how many people force themselves to go to classes that they hate.

Some of my favourites are:

  • Foundation Training (on YouTube) – if you want something challenging but not explosive and bouncy.
  • Kettlebell Secrets (on YouTube) – if you like (and have) kettlebells.
  • ZuzkaLight – if you like intense, short, HIIT style workouts with and without equipment.
  • KO8 Fitness – if you have a suspension trainer.
  • FIIT.tv – if you like scheduled, instructor-led workouts of all varieties with an option of a competition leader board.

But Much More Importantly — Create Opportunities to Move!

So — workouts are one thing. And they’re relatively easy to come by and choose.

The much harder part is to have the discipline to keep moving throughout the day consistently. And now with the lockdowns in most places, it’s easy to slip into a sedentary life when you can’t move in and out of your home freely.

Most of your “opportunities to move” are cut off. If you have a wearable device (Apple Watch or a Fitbit or other) you usually track your activity levels with, you’ll notice the significant decline in movement meters and minutes a lockdown can create.

But this type of movement is the more important part for your overall long-terms health (although obviously both ate VERY important).

Because sitting for most of the day is now likened to smoking in terms of the damage it does to your health. It’s affects your neurology by deteriorating your muscular structure and posture.

You know I’m all about taking Tiny Little Actions to create massive long-term positive results for yourself.

That’s because change is hard enough as it is. So making it so “piss” simple that you can’t NOT show up, is one of the best ways to make the changes last long enough to get you the desired results.

So — here are two of my most impactful tiny little actions you can integrate very easily into your day. Pick one and start testing it today. Or do both – ideally :o)

Let me know which one you chose and what the effects were?

That’s it from me for today. I’m off to finish off a bracelet from the Abundance collection that I started on last night.

Anita :o)

Anita Chaperon

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