Today I wanted to give you some quick ideas to help you fit in a few healthier choices throughout your day.
Even those days when you have no time to work out in any conventional way, you can find a few things that will help you be healthier.
For example (in no particular order):
1. park as far away from the store as possible when you go grocery shopping – if it’s a big purchase day, load up the cart and push it as far as you can to get in a quick workout. Think of it as a sled run for the urban athlete.
2. forget the cart and carry two baskets instead – for those days when everything you need to get can fit in two hand-carried baskets, let your shoulders and arms work a bit more (or a lot more if you’re getting heavy stuff). As you walk home or back to the car (which is parked far away, of course), keep your shoulders back and down to allow your lats to work harder, keep your shoulder blades active and get those rhomboids working as well. If you’re really into it, see how many lateral raises you can get in but please make sure your grocery bags are strong.
3. speaking of grocery bags – use canvas bags rather than paper or plastic and don’t forget to throw them into the wash often so they don’t become germ carryalls.
4. change your pillow – get one that suits your style of sleeping well with just the right amount of support and you’ll sleep better, breathe better, have a far better disposition in the morning as your neck and shoulders thank you for the proper support (not to mention your spouse thanking you for not snoring).
5. stand while watching the game on TV…you’ll probably feel more connected to the action and your body will be working just by not slouching on the BIG DESTROYER OF SPINES aka, the couch.
6. get your teeth cleaned – a healthy mouth is tremendously beneficial to your overall health.
7. in the same vein – get a water pik. helps to keep your mouth far cleaner than just brushing or flossing (but use ’em all)
8. refuse to sit for hours on end if it’s within your power to do so – a few hours a day at the gym or even a bunch of hours of weekend activity does not counteract hours and hours of sitting. Stand while you’re on the phone, for example; stand at meetings (I’ll bet you’ll have shorter meetings if everyone stands) and while you’re at it, stand tall with your feet in parallel (yes, look to see if they really are) and weight evenly distributed – a bit of awareness can result in a lot of comfort
Well, that’s it for today, but I’d be willing to bet you can probably add another 5 ideas without thinking too hard at all – so stand up and call a friend and get some more ideas!
Stay active, stay strong.
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