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Raising Children

Get Moving

These tips may not make your kilos vanish into oblivion, but they will definitely make a marked difference to your health.


We all know we need to work-out more, but let's face it, exercising, at least for some of us, is painful and boring, and we need a heck of a lot of motivation to get going. Yes, we know exercise makes us look slimmer, healthier, can give us the flat stomach we've always dreamed of, can make us feel more energetic, help us fight diseases, feel better about ourselves, get more confident, build stronger bones etc etc, but for many of us, that's just not enough motivation.

So if you know you should be exercising but aren't because you'd rather spend your free time watching MTV or staring into space, here's how you can still make sure you get some moving done during the day.


Phone

Make it a point to pace up and down when speaking on the phone. Do the same even if you receive a call on your cell phone when in the office. If your pacing will disturb colleagues, step out of the office doors and pace in the corridors. Every time Mala received a call on her cell and she knew she would have a long conversation, she would step out of her office, which was on the ground floor of a building, and would start circling the building while talking on the phone.

If you do most of your talking on your cell phone, an hour's walk a day should be easy to achieve. Just make sure you have your hands-free on, since the effect of radiation on the human body is still uncertain.

Invest in a cordless phone for your landline, which makes it easier for you to keep moving when talking. A cordless phone is much more than a convenience. Making an investment in a cordless is making an investment in your health!

Although these walks may not make those kilos vanish into oblivion, if you have a sedentary lifestyle, it will definitely make a difference to your health.

If you are lying down and talking, lift your legs and prop them up against a wall, to aid circulation and reduce your chances of developing varicose veins.


Bending

When bending to pick up something (light, not heavy), bend down slowly from the waist, without bending your knees, and try and pick it up. This is a great stretch for your leg muscles. On the other hand, if you are lifting something heavy, make sure you bend enough so you are almost squatting, and then lift it. The strain of lifting something heavy should always be born by your arms and legs, and not by your back.


Stairs

We've said it before, and we're saying it again. Always, always take the stairs up. If your office is on the 20th floor, get off on the 17th floor, and walk three storeys up. Just taking the stairs up will give your heart a great workout, and will strengthen your legs. If you find yourself tempted to take the lift, remind yourself that you get little to no exercise at all, and if this is all it takes to make a marked difference to your health, its well worth it. Also, tell yourself that the day you will skip taking the stairs is the day you would have already worked out. No false promises and pacts with yourself to exercise later in the day!


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