Stay Hydrated: Another Way to Keep you Moving Throughout the Day

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"Water Glass | www.stephsneckofthewoods.com"We all know that we need to stay hydrated.  Some people don’t like water and choose other beverages.  I, myself LOVE water.  Pure, fresh, reversed osmosis water, and a lot of it per day.  I prefer to drink from glass, and this is my favorite bottle.  I have multiple.  

Whatever beverage you choose, be sure to hydrate often and be sure you are getting enough fluids.

On the plus side, hydrating well = more bathroom breaks = the need to get up and move! What a simple way to sneak in more steps every day!

Here are a few resources for you:
     Calculate your daily needed water intake (calculator)

     What should my urine look like? (source)

     Dehydration (source)

What is your favorite way to stay hydrated?

 

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Use Your Hand-held Device to Keep You Moving

Electronic hand-held devices (aka smartphones, iPads, tablets etc.) – most of us have at least one.  They make our lives easier. Or at least that is what “they” tell us. However you feel about them, if you own one (or five), put them to use in a healthy way.

There are some wonderful apps out there to track EVERYTHING including food you take in, and what comes out.  No, really!  Go look and you’ll see there are many to choose from that track just that. 

What else can be done with them?  While I don’t recommend using them outside while walking, as your attention may not be on your surroundings, they are great to use in the house when walking around. Continue reading “Use Your Hand-held Device to Keep You Moving”

Phone Calls, Facetime and Chats. How Can These Keep You Moving?

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"Mobile Chat | www.stephsneckofthewood.com" Phone calls, Face Time, etc. … is a great way to connect and stay in touch with loved ones and friends, especially during this time!

Sometimes I can get a bit chatty, I’ll admit it.  Why not take advantage and grab your cordless/mobile phone/ipad and walk around while you chat?  

As of the posting of this tip, many people are working from home. Why not take that conference call on the move?  Take advantage, get up and get some steps. Get that blood circulating! Continue reading “Phone Calls, Facetime and Chats. How Can These Keep You Moving?”

Stream Your Way to Getting Those Steps

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Too hot to walk outside? Too cold? Maybe you simply don’t feel safe out walking alone. Or, as at the time of the writing this post, you are locked down at home due to a global virus.

Whatever the case, how about hopping on the treadmill (or step and dance in place) and binge-watching a new series? 

While training for a Fitbit challenge a few years back, I did just that.  It is amazing how quickly those steps add up when you are focusing on a show.  Here’s the catch though – make a deal with yourself to not watch any of the episodes/movies unless you are walking. Continue reading “Stream Your Way to Getting Those Steps”

Creating a Routine – Today’s Movement Tip

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We all have daily routines.  Some may be similar to what others do, while others may be unique to us.

Let’s think of a few that most of us do automatically.  Using the bathroom upon waking.  Seems silly to mention it, but it is a routine thing we do, none-the-less.

Brushing our teeth every day is another one. What would happen if we did not brush?  Your dentist/hygienist might have strong feelings about that.

Those of us that must get up at a specific time in the morning usually set an alarm clock.  Why? We would not keep to our schedule, and the day would start with a chaotic rush to get out the door if we did not set that alarm. Continue reading “Creating a Routine – Today’s Movement Tip”

Let’s Get Moving Tip – Using a Timer

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We all know that daily movement is important for our overall health.  But knowing it, and actually doing it, are two entirely different things.  So how do we get our bodies moving, when we have so many conveniences aimed at (making our lives easier) making sure we don’t HAVE to move?

Long days at work, long commutes, drive-thru food available 24 hours a day …  we don’t even have to get up and walk to get that food that we probably should not be eating anyway; and worse yet, have it delivered right to our door.

Are you trying to get the recommended 10,000 steps a day?  Did you know that this concept was originally started in Japan, as a way to sell pedometers? I didn’t!

Doesn’t matter how it got started.  We now know that to maintain our health and proper weight, regular movement is essential; and 10,000 steps a day is a good benchmark to aim for.

So, how do we do that?  Easy!  Get up and walk around.  Actually – not so easy for many of us.  It is too easy to sit behind our desks working (or binge-watching a fabulous Netflix series) and let time get away from us.  Before we know it, we have sat on our butts for hours.

"Timer | www.stephsneckofthewoods.com"So, what do we do?  Set a timer!  Super easy!  Whether it is on our watch, our phone, a pop up on the computer we are working on, or a simple little stand-alone timer on the desk next to us, set that timer for one hour and then get up when it goes off.  You will be amazed at how fast an hour goes by!

Need a timer?  Get one here.

Get up and stretch, walk around the office, walk to the water cooler, to the bathroom, to the copy machine or whatever.  Just get up and move!  

Try it for a week and let me know how it goes and how much better you feel! 

Want a way to track your steps?  Why not try a Fitbit.  Get one like mine here.

And be sure to “friend me” on fitbit.com so we keep each other accountable.

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