Whats your natural environment?

No not your ideal environment, or your favourite environment. Your NATURAL environment. I would suggest stopping what your doing now and looking around you.

Your natural environment is what you live in, where you spend most of your time. Is it a chair, an enclosed space, what opportunities does it give you to move? To stretch, to walk, climb? I know you are probably rolling your eyes right now and thinking, 'oh here we go another fitness lecture from someone who doesn't have a job that ties them to a computer.'

That's not what this is about though, and I do spend a lot of time in front of my computer. Your natural environment shapes you...quite literally. Your body adapts to it. But I'm not here to spread doom and gloom. If you want to move more, be healthier physically you need to make some small adjustments to your natural environment. Here's some easy steps to take.

Have a simple bit of kit next to your workspace. Think a light kettle bell. Throughout the day get up and perform 5-10 swings or squats or lunges or whatever just use it to play with. I'm talking 10 seconds to pick something up and move with it. Now we are working a lot from home there's no excuse to get embarrassed doing this in the office. If you are in the office, try to get some other co workers involved so it becomes the norm.

WALK. Find ways to do more walking. Use your imagination. Stairs, shops, commute. Make it a part of your day.

CYCLE. See walking.

Learn movements that can be done anywhere. Do a few squats when no ones watching. Stretch your hamstrings from time to time, lunge walk down a corridor for a few steps.

Use whats on your doorstep, if your in the city use the gyms, parks and other facilities. If your in the mountains climb, hike and run. If your lucky enough to be near a beach then surf, swim and run barefoot.

Strength training doesn't have to be done in one session. Pick one exercise, say push ups. Throughout the day stop and perform 5 press ups. See how many you can get to by 6 pm. The next day choose another exercise say squats, again see how many you can do by occasionally stopping and performing 5 squats. You will surprise yourself and won't even break a sweat.

Use environments that encourage movement.....

I know its easy to talk about this. But just try looking at your environment and thinking what can I do today to make me move more. One small adjustment can have huge effects.

Keep busy.


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