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Did you wake up and workout today?

The what did you do the rest of the day?

EXERCISE is one habit and health benefit then we have MOVEMENT through out the day and MOBILITY.

Moving more during the workday, rather than relying solely on a single bout of exercise in the morning, is important for several reasons related to health, productivity, and overall well-being:

1. Combatting Sedentary Behavior

  • Health Risks: Prolonged sitting is associated with numerous health risks, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and certain cancers. Even with regular morning exercise, sitting for long periods during the day can negate some of the benefits of that exercise.
  • Metabolic Health: Regular movement throughout the day helps maintain a healthy metabolism. It aids in better glucose regulation and fat metabolism, reducing the risk of metabolic syndrome.

2. Physical Benefits

  • Musculoskeletal Health: Sitting for extended periods can lead to musculoskeletal problems, such as back pain and stiffness. Frequent movement helps maintain flexibility, reduces the risk of developing musculoskeletal issues, and promotes better posture.
  • Circulation: Regular movement helps improve blood circulation, reducing the risk of blood clots and enhancing overall cardiovascular health.

3. Mental and Cognitive Benefits

  • Mental Clarity: Movement breaks can improve mental clarity, focus, and creativity. Physical activity increases blood flow to the brain, which can enhance cognitive function and productivity.
  • Stress Reduction: Regular physical activity can reduce stress and anxiety levels. Movement stimulates the production of endorphins, which are natural mood lifters.

4. Energy Levels

  • Sustained Energy: Sitting for long periods can lead to feelings of fatigue and sluggishness. Regular movement helps maintain higher energy levels throughout the day, preventing the afternoon slump.

5. Productivity and Performance

  • Work Performance: Short breaks for physical activity can boost work performance and productivity. They provide a mental reset, helping individuals return to tasks with renewed focus and energy.
  • Task Engagement: Regular breaks for movement can improve task engagement and reduce the feeling of burnout, leading to a more balanced and productive workday.

6. Overall Well-being

  • Holistic Health: Incorporating movement throughout the day contributes to holistic health, encompassing physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
  • Healthy Habits: Developing a habit of regular movement encourages a more active lifestyle, promoting long-term health and well-being beyond the confines of structured exercise sessions.

Practical Tips for Moving More During the Workday

  • Standing Desks: Use a standing desk or a convertible desk to alternate between sitting and standing.
  • Walking Meetings: Conduct meetings while walking, either outdoors or in a large indoor space.
  • Scheduled Breaks: Set a timer to remind you to take short movement breaks every hour.
  • Stretching: Incorporate stretching exercises into your routine to alleviate tension and improve flexibility.
  • Use Stairs: Choose stairs over elevators when possible.
  • Active Commute: If feasible, walk or cycle to work, or park further away from the entrance to increase walking distance.

In conclusion, while morning exercise is beneficial, incorporating regular movement throughout the workday is crucial for maintaining optimal health and well-being. It helps mitigate the adverse effects of prolonged sitting and contributes to a more balanced, active lifestyle.

What can you do today to create 5 minute exercise and movement snack breaks? 

Why Moving More During the Workday Matters

Sitting for long hours? Even with morning workouts, it’s crucial to keep moving throughout the day for optimal health! Here’s why:

  1. Beat Sedentary Lifestyle: Combat risks like heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
  2. Boost Physical Health: Prevent back pain and improve posture.
  3. Enhance Mental Clarity: Increase focus and creativity.
  4. Stay Energized: Avoid the afternoon slump and stay active.
  5. Improve Productivity: Movement breaks = better performance and engagement.
  6. Overall Well-being: Promote holistic health for a balanced life.

Tips to Get Moving:

  • Use a standing desk
  • Take walking meetings
  • Set hourly movement reminders
  • Stretch regularly
  • Choose stairs over elevators
  • Walk or bike to work

Let’s make every day an active one! #HealthyLiving #WorkLifeBalance #StayActive #Wellbeing

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