Welcome to Month 1 / Week 2 of the #ddglifeproject, where we set challenges, share advice and basically all set out to make our lives (and yours) that bit more gorgeous week after week. If you're not sure what we are banging on about, read our intro post here, and don't forget to check out week 1 of this month's challenge here!
And for those that have been with us from the start, how did you get on with your social exercise last week? I had two 1 hour+ beach walks with two of my BFFs and it was awesome (and yes, they are now in the diary as something I will do every week!). So now that we have that down pat, it's time to add in one more little, doable thing to our week.
So let's get to it!
WEEK 2: Every little bit counts!
When I think back to the times in my life when I was the fittest, it has usually been a time when I wasn't necessarily hitting the gym like a demon, but more when just through my day-to-day routine, I was actually doing a fair bit of incidental movement.
Take when I lived in London for example. I didn't have a car, I was a 25 minute walk away from the tube station, and I lived in a fourth-floor walk up. So I was just walking everywhere, and I barely even noticed it. In fact I was easily walking for at least 90 mins a day or more.
Then add into it that the Ad agency I worked at was split over three floors, and I spent most of my time running up and down between them, and yep, it's pretty easy to see how I would be 1 million times fitter then than I am right now, where I pretty much am seated all day long, and my only walking is the two 15 minute walks my dogs get morning and night (better than nothing, but still not great).
And the best bit is, I didn't even notice I was doing it! It was just lots of little bits here and there, and it all added up.
So without actually moving house or selling my beloved vehicle, how can I (and you for that matter) get more of these little bits and pieces of movement into your day? Well, that is what this week's challenge is all about!
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THE CHALLENGE: Find at least 3 easy ways you can move more every day, and do it ... every day this week!
How you do this will all depend on what is going to fit as seamlessly as possible into your routine, but below are a whole bunch of ideas (and if you think of any others, please let us know in the comments below!). And if you don't believe me that this can all add up, why not get yourself a steps counter (the iPhone 5S and above have these built in), track one normal day, and one day with your extra incidental exercise. You'll be amazed how quickly it all adds up!
- Get on/off your bus/tram/train a stop early and walk that bit extra to and from work.
- Park your car an extra block away.
- Ditch the PT all together, and walk one way to work (or both!)
- Ditch the jumbo water bottle on your desk for a small glass, so you have to get up to refill it throughout the day (and PS, the more water you drink, the more trips to the toilet as well, so it's a double win!).
- Take the stairs!
- Check out some new lunch or coffee places (at least an extra two blocks away!)
- Set an alarm on your phone to go off every hour, and when it does, get up and walk a lap of the floor, or building (this is also an excellent productivity hack by the way, but more on that another time).
- Don't stand still when you are waiting for the kettle to boil, or photocopier to print etc. Do some little leg lifts, or go for a little walk, just keep moving.
- Don't email that colleague, get up and go see them!
- Do small regular grocery shops, and use a basket, not a trolley.
- Do pee squats (not sure what they are? Check this out ... hee hee hee)
- Pick a TV show you watch a lot, and then every ad break, jump up and do some star jumps, or push ups / sit ups / lunges etc.
HINT: Yes, this might feel a bit weird, and even a bit like a waste of time at the start, but trust me, it's actually kind of addictive, and after a few weeks you won't even notice you're doing it, which is what this is all about!
And what are we going to do?
Because yep, we are all doing this with you!
Well for me, my dogs think all their dreams just came true, as I am adding an extra block into their morning walk. Plus I am no longer bringing in my afternoon snack to work, I have to walk down to the green grocers on the next block and buy it each day. And lastly, I am swapping my coffee hit to one from a much further away cafe. And I road tested this last week, and my normal 4,000-6,000 steps is now 12,000+ . I'm pretty happy with that!