Monday, May 8, 2017

The One Thing You Can Do Today to Jumpstart You Health

Today starts a series of post for Get Healthy With A Southnern Lady

The focus of this post is one that you can do today to jumpstart your health.

I have been on this journey for a while now and I feel like I cam share what works for me. I am not a Doctor and if you have health problems you need to talk to your Doctor before you make any major changes to your life. 

The one thing that you can do today to get healthy is MOVE. I do't mean move homes or cities or even countries. I am talking about getting up from your seat and move. More than likely your are sitting at a desk reading this post or maybe you happen to be in your favorite coffee shop with your laptop or ipad. I can almost say with certainty that you are sitting still. 

So your challenge today is to get up and move. Not go to the gym, even though that would be great if you have a membership to one. I mean just move.  

I am going to share my top 10 favorite ways to do to get moving each day. You can start out small and work your way up to more time spent moving until you can get 30 min of movement a day into your life. 

  1. Walk in place for 5 min, ( just raise your legs up and down lifting your knees as high as you can).
  2. Stretch your arms,(raise your hands up above your head and interlock your fingers and stretch, keep your fingers interlocked and stretch your shoulders and neck) You can do this right where you are right now. 
  3. Find some stairs (with at least 10 steps) and walk up and down them twice.
  4. Stretch your neck, (roll your neck from side to side and let the stretch work its way to all sides of your neck)
  5. Take a 10 min walk around the block.
  6. Stand up and squat at your knees 5 times (try to build up to 25 adding 1-2 more reps each day, until you can do 25 at a time)
  7. Stretch your toes and legs, (while sitting or laying down, point your toes straight down and hold for 5 seconds, next point your toes up as far as you can and hold for 5 seconds)
  8. Stand up and do a task instead of sitting, (This will help you feel more energized). 
  9. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. 
  10. Use your chair as a prop and stretch your whole body. Take a long as you can and hold each stretch to maximize each one. 

Now all you have to do to get moving today and Jumpstart your health is pick a couple of things from the list and do them.  Then each day add another 1 from the list and this will help you get to your goal of 30 min of movement a day. 

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