My life is crammed with activity. Ok, not all of it is physical. Forty hours a week is devoted to my job. I sit at a desk and answer phones for a technology help desk. I also have a daily hour-long workout that I do. I write these blogs. I write novels. I have to eat and sleep. I have to pay bills and grocery shop. I also mow the lawn in the summer and shovel snow in the winter. I go to weekly Weight Watchers meetings.
I need to increase my activity level because I’m still pretty much a couch potato. I’m basically lazy. I admit it. I enjoy the walking, but I know that there is more that I could, make that should, be doing. There are ways to make each activity that I do right now into something that counts. I could turn vacuuming the living room rug into a dance routine. Yes, I’m talking about dancing with a vacuum cleaner. I could do the same with a broom in the kitchen.
I could do a little dancing while doing the dishes, or the laundry. I can pace while writing. I do that sometimes anyway. I would need to use the tablet to write while I did things like that. These are just the little movements that count towards my overall activity. I’ve learned a lot about how to increase my activity level from the activity monitor that I wear. I have learned how to move in a chair while waiting for a phone call. I work in a call center. It’s not much, but it is the best that I can do while working. Just moving in the chair, rocking or swiveling counts. I may look restless, but I know that any movement helps. What I should do at lunch is get up and walk around. I do that sometimes as well.
All I really need to do is figure out the most active way to do something. between calls at work, instead of just sitting in a chair, I can swivel, as I have said. Dancing with the vacuum cleaner is another way to do something a bit more actively than you would consider. Jog to the mailbox to get the mail. Setting aside time to do other things, such as yoga, tai chi, or weight training, are other ways to increase your activity level. Sometimes, when I am on a break from my job, I pick up hand weights and just stand swinging them. if I combine that with dance steps, I can get both cardio and strength training in one workout. I just need a good song to dance to. well, I also need the space to swing the weights. I’ve been thinking of clearing off my deck and using that as a dance floor or yoga studio. it’s a good place to workout in the summer. Winter is another story. I’ll figure something out there as well.