Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Get going now

Been relaxing too much? As weget older taking a rest seems to be more important in our lives. That is all fine if you will get out and get going soon afterwards. 

For example after work, you might relax and catch up on the news or whatever interests you, but after 30 to 60 minutes of being slowed down, you need to get up, get out and get moving. If you are stuck indoors, hit the floor for some push-ups, ab work, whatever will get the heart rate up.
I work out right after the workday ends, and then do some outdoor activity as well, weather permitting.  It is only afterwards that I will pick up a novel to read, grab the laptop or relax with some music. 

If you can; get outside, 
grab the mower ( not the riding kind). 
Pickup a basketball and shoot some hoops.

Go for a long brisk walk ( 30 minutes or more) with your partner or your dog or all alone. It's all good.
Jog or even better yet run some sprints.




............ whatever it takes to get going.

Those restful times stretch out and you may end up needing the more and more. Don't let that time of  rest lead to an early death!! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Posture and Sitting

I have a job where I must sit at a computer a lot. Sitting is terrible for your body. In order to counter this, I frequently stretch. I will do a shoulder stretch by pulling shoulders slight forward then slightly up and then back a bit. This pulls then straighter. I lift my neck up and sometimes assist with my hands to do this ..gently.

I may also get on the floor and do a curve up ( sphinx) stretch. You may not be able to use the floor but you can place your hands on your hips  ..and curve your back a bit to relieve the tension there.

Also while sitting- be sure to sit tall, don't slump.

A good workout after work will help erase the problems sitting can cause. These also help!!