Five Tricks to Sneak More Movement Into Your Day

As physiotherapist and chiropractors, it’s no secret that we see patients who suffer from pain and stiffness every day. Sometimes, that pain and stiffness can simply be attributed to insufficient movement in someone’s daily life.

While many of us have sedentary jobs or lifestyles, it’s important to make movement a priority in order to maintain health and wellbeing.

Five Tricks to Sneak More Movement Into Your Day

Movement is essential for maintaining a healthy body and mind. It can improve circulation, strengthen muscles, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

Our mantra at Hungerford Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Healthcare is ‘Motion is Lotion’ – the more you can move throughout your day, the more flexible in general you will be. Good quality purposeful movement can also help alleviate stress and anxiety, improve mood, and boost cognitive function. Unfortunately, many of us spend a large portion of our day sitting, whether it’s at a desk, in a car, or on the sofa. This can lead to a host of health problems, including poor posture, muscle imbalances, and joint stiffness. That’s why it’s important to find ways to incorporate movement into our daily lives, even if we have sedentary jobs or lifestyles.

1. Take a Walk Break
Instead of taking a coffee break, take a walk break. Even a 10-15 minute walk can help improve circulation and reduce stress. If you’re working from home, take a walk around the block or do a few laps around your house. Breaking the pattern of your desk set up and getting some movement through your joints also helps you process information more effectively, so if you are struggling with a task, get up and move your way through it.

2. Find a Movement Buddy
Finding a friend or coworker who is also interested in movement can be a great way to stay motivated. You can take walking breaks together, do ‘deskercises’ together, or even join a fitness class. If you want to know more about desk based exercise, drop us an email or make an appointment and we can help.

3. Practice Active Sitting
Active sitting is a way that you make your base of support a little unstable meaning that your body and core muscles have to work in order to keep you in a good position. This can be done on an exercise ball or wobble cushion and can be for a few minutes a day or can become your daily regular sitting habit.

4. Use a Pedometer or Fitness Tracker
Setting a daily step goal will help you challenge yourself and offer motivation to move more. The recommended level is 10,000 steps a day and this can be sometimes a little tricky to accomplish, so set yourself a realistic goal and remember that anything more than what you are currently doing is a win!

5. Walk and Talk
When taking phone calls, if you are able try walking around your office or home, or even pacing in place. This can help increase your daily step count and keep your body moving throughout the day.

What else do you like to do to sneak movement into your day? Let us know at your next appointment!

Andy Mitchell
Hungerford Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Healthcare
The Croft Hall, Hungerford, RG17 0HY
01488 683 666


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