We’re in a long stretch of rain and stormy weather here in the DC suburbs. So I was thrilled to be able to get out for 20 minutes this afternoon in between tasks (and raindrops).

Like most people, I have a habit of getting my workout in for the day then sitting for hours at my desk. But my body feels so much better when I move a little throughout the day. So I’ve been making a concerted effort to sprinkle a little more light movement into my day.

For this week’s #twothingstuesday, I thought it would be good to focus on that idea — how to fit in more movement. You know, simple things that don’t require you to shower again or give up your day job, because let’s be realistic here, we don’t have all the time in the world, amiright?

So here’s the two things I’ve been doing recently to help me move a little more every day:

(1) Take a walk. It doesn’t even have to be a long one — 10 or 15 minutes here and there makes such a difference. A quick walk can help loosen up your joints, get the blood flowing, and it’ll do wonders for your mental state, creativity, clarity, and productivity. Take a walk when you need to think your next task through or cleanse the mental palate. Plan a Sunday hike tradition with the family. Catch up with a friend while strolling around your neighborhood. Get some fresh air on your lunch break while listening to your favorite podcast or audible book. Walk to the post office instead of driving. Seriously, leisure walking is the most underrated form of human movement.

(2) Stretch it out. Sitting too long is a recipe for bad posture and a sad lower back. Once an hour, stand up and move around for 5 minutes. Do some seated or standing stretches. I usually lay on the floor in my office to stretch and breathe a few times a day (perks of working from home). I also have a lacrosse ball nearby which I use to roll out the tight spots that are making me uncomfortable. Try it, your body will thank you.

The best part is that if your body feels good and loose, not only will you be more alert and less cranky, but you’re also more likely to want to move more. You’re welcome.

What’s your favorite way to sneak more movement into your day?

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