Hi friends! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and a relaxing Mother’s Day. I snapped zero pictures this weekend, but I can tell you it was filled with friends and family. I watched the Pens win the first playoff series on Friday, and I celebrated Mother’s Day by making her breakfast. Later this week we are going to see “Gatsby” together!
Today I wanted to talk about something I’ve noticed this past week: my activity level has decreased significantly. At school, I was forced to walk across campus to class, to meet friends, basically everywhere.
Even in the short week I’ve been home, the added walking has basically stopped. It’s made a very obvious difference in how I’ve felt all week. Here’s the problem: now that I don’t have a full time “job” or classes to walk to, I’m very sedentary. If I want to go somewhere outside of my immediate neighborhood, I do have to drive. I stand at my part-time job, but that adds (maybe) three hours of activity a few times per week.
Even if I work out for an hour per day, I’m still missing the extra activity I usually get. According to this article, one half hour of exercise is not going to combat hours of sitting because your metabolic rate lowers. And that’s what happened this week.
I’ve brainstormed a couple ways to stay more active until I spend my days at a 9 to 5 internship (which I am VERY excited for!!) in the coming months.
Ways to Stay More Active At Home:
- Do squats, crunches, planks, etc. during television commercials
- Stay on the treadmill for an hour in addition to a workout (or walk outside if the weather is nice)
- Walk before and after every meal
- Stand up for a few moments every hour or half-hour
- Take the stairs if you go out(I already do this)
- Call a friend and walk around instead of texting (also gives you human interaction…)
Hopefully I take my own advice and get up and moving more this week (and beyond)! Are you going to join me?
Question of the Day:
What’s one way you like to get more active (that’s not a regular workout)?