Article by Rachel Grunwell: InspiredHealth Director, collaborating with businesses to inspire Kiwis to live healthy and happy. Award-winning writer. Magazine wellness columnist for Good magazine & Indulge magazine. Yoga & meditation teacher. Fitness consultant. Co-leader of the Mindful Moments retreats at Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa. To find out more about the next retreat in Aug click HERE
If you want to uplift your health – get moving.
Movement can help with your concentration and energy levels and improve your mood and sleep. It also helps to reduce tension, anxiety, hostility and depression. It helps you to be social if you keep fit in a group too.
Physical activity can also importantly decrease your risk from cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, breast and colon cancer and obesity…
For those who spend a lot of time at a desk, here are some tips to get you moving throughout the day a little more!
Tips to Reduce Sitting Time:
- Use a standing desk if you have the option. Standing gets your muscles working and burns more calories than sitting.
- Use the stairs. All this incidental exercise helps.
- Cycle to work. Or walk to work if this is doable.
- Do a 30-min gym workout at lunch time if your gym is close.
- Go for a walk during a morning tea break or lunchtime to get out in the fresh air to re-set and de-stress.
- Have a meeting outside in the fresh air, rather than sitting around a desk with colleagues. I even know one company that takes managers to a fitness class to do strategy sessions!
- Take stretch breaks if you are sitting for long periods. Stand up and move around a little.
Listen to Rachel on Long Lunch Radio about how to stay fit, well and healthy this Winter…