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Use your Office Hours to get moving

I work in a way that compels me to be seated for long hours throughout the day. An average day of sitting for me is 7 hours. It means that I am seated for most of my awake time. Now add to it the sleep time of 7 hours that you need to take essentially. This brings the tally to 14 hours. Add to it the time that you spend in Car driving, Eating meals on tables, watching TV sitting on your sofa. Roughly you take all this for 2 hours. This way, you are sitting or sedentary for almost 66% of your 24 hours. I have not added the traveling time in Bus, Metro, etc.

So, this way, I can say for sure that white-collar workers like me are spending more than 50% of their lives simply sitting. This is very dangerous for your well-being. You must realize this ASAP and do something to get moving.

All you need to do is find out ways to start getting the moves. So, in this post, I will tell you 5 ways that you can keep away from sitting.

Number 1: Take short breaks: I don’t sit in my chair for more than one hour at a stretch. I make sure that I take short breaks and move around.

Let me tell you a small story from my life here. I noticed that my canteen boy was who is almost my age is fitter than me. Our canteen boys get the advantage of moving. He would get all the things done by moving. Even for a simple task like taking out a file from the almirah that’s just behind my chair, I used to ring the bell.

I have stopped doing that. I get up and go to fetch my file. I use this kind of opportunity to go around the office premises more often. This way even my staff if vigilant that the boss is on round!

So, use small opportunities to do the things that you can yourself. Like going to the coffee machine or water cooler.

Number 2: TAKE STAIRS: If you are working in a office that is located in a multi-storeyed building, please use stairs. Here you have a wonderful opportunity to give your body the magic of the move-ment. You can do this right! Make sure that you have enough time to go through the stairs and reach the office.

Maybe your office is on the 20th floor and it may be too tedious to do it right at the beginning of the day. You can choose to do 10 floors and take the list from the 10th to your office floor. You can do the remaining 10 in the evening. Howzaatt!!

Number 3: Drink plenty of wateR: Ha, Ha. Drinking plenty of water is going to keep you hydrated throughout the day. It has got multiple benefits for your body. The one spillover would be that you would be frequenting the washroom more often. Sometimes forcibly. But, you will move and give your body moving time.

I have shot down two challenges with just one bullet. I keep a water-filled bottle in front of me. Keeping yourself hydrated is very important for you in the normal course.

Number 4: GREET PEOPLE AT THEIR DESKS: Go and pay your regards to your colleagues at their workstations. This way, you not only get moving but also make sure that you have your dose of move-ment. People would love you for doing that. Even if you are a boss, you will see the rise in your respect among your staff members. Let them not have all the action, you become the moving guy and make your best move!

I do this all the time. And most of the time, I have noticed that they are more than obligated to stand up and greet me. You see, how killing our ego can get us healthy.

Number 5: LIFT YOU LEGS: Last but not least, I am going to tell you the most effective way to give your body a little jerk and the body the blood circulation. Whenever you want, you can lift your legs sitting on your chair. Bring them 4-5 inches above the ground and lower them back. You can repeat this exercise several times a day. It’s all up to you. Initially, you may not be able to do it easily. But with time, you will turn into a leg-turner!

So these are the ways you can get your body out of the sedentary and get moving. My experience tells me that my physical activity boosts my mental faculties. I am more alert and efficient when I am physically more mobile. There is a mind-body connection that I must tell you. Elsewhere!

Do you have any other ideas? Or do you follow something ona regular basis? How do you make your office hours more mobile? Please do share so that all of us can benefit.

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Don’t Push yourself hard, But, push yourself every day.

The year 2020 is going to start in another 2 months. Do you have running as your no 1 resolution for the year? Then, you MUST read this post. It’s for you.

You started your new year with lots of zeal and hope. You did run for the first week. You were watching a lot of youtube videos, listening to my podcast and reading my immensely passionate blogging on running. But, it all fell flat after a week or so. Your mind is now telling you to back out. It is straining your body and mind. You feel exhausted by the beginning of your day. You even got the muscle pull in your left leg. And you think, “How crazy was I to think of running is good for health. I was better off rolling in bed till late morning and sipping a cup of coffee and watching how many died in the earthquake in the somewhere part of Afrcia“.

If anything like this has happened to you and you relapsed to your worse old ways, then you are my close buddy. I love you. Falling to live up to our new year resolutions is more common than rising to our hope and expectations. But had it been over in a year or so, I would not have been writing this blog nor would you be reading this post. Deep down, I and you know for sure that our new year resolution had a meaning. And then, you tell yourself to give it another shot.

The reason we falter to maintain running passion is due to some common mistakes that we end up committing in our early running days. We train ourselves too hard too quick to get too good results. We push ourselves so hard like we were driving a car without any speed limits. Suddenly, the petrol got over or the car met with a major accident and is no good.

Running long distances is a great way to build good health. So, the deal is good. If you learned the ways to run long distances and maintain this for life, you will turn around yourself. This is the dream I am giving you. I had this as my dream and I have realized it. So, I want to tell you small little secrets that if you got, you will be a winner at running.

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Why do I run when I can simply sit idle.

Comfort is often associated with those activities that do not require much of moving around.

And physical activity is generally termed effort seeking. When you put efforts, it is most likely that it’s not natural. It’s asking yourself to go against your own will to do some thing that you would prefer no to do given a choice.

Do you know why?

Let’s go back to the story of human evolution. A large part of human existence has been about active involvement in hunting, gathering and living in physically uncomfortable living standards. If you check out the way our body is built, you will realize that there is a lot to attribute to our evolution for the way we move around. The way we stand. The way we think about comfort and discomfort.

In today’s modern age, we have gathered more luxuries than required. We have almost automated our lives. Most of what we do is done by clicking a button. Our age is an automation age.

But, I have realized that struggle is the way. The real comfort does not lie in luxuries. Had it been the case, we would not have the term – lifestyle diseases. Those diseases that find their way into our lives not because of an infection, immunity failure or the presence of a foreign factor in our body. It’s about the way we live. The way we sit, stand, sleep. The kind of stuff that we eat. The timings at which we eat. The way our food is packaged. All this is part of the way we live.

Modern medicine has clarified beyond doubt that the best way to live a life of health and happiness is to cut down on oyr luxuries and be in tune with the evolution story.