How bloggers can lead a more active lifestyle
A guest post by Frankie Wallace.
There’s a common misconception that bloggers have to spend every waking minute glued to their computer and firmly planted in a chair.
While bloggers do have to devote a few hours to writing most days a week, there’s a lot of wiggle room in there to get up and get an active lifestyle – and even to go outside for inspiration.
In addition to mixing up your day and avoiding the trap of over-working and under-living, getting an active lifestyle is healthier for you. Sitting all day can be detrimental to your well-being – it can make your metabolism less effective, contribute to weight gain and even shorten your life expectancy.
Time to get a more active lifestyle
According to America’s Health Rankings from the United Health Foundation, more than 25% of Americans report no physical activity aside from their normal job.
This is a shame, considering physical activity has so many health benefits: a stronger heart, lowered risk of diabetes, fewer signs of anxiety and depression, and more.
For bloggers who have to sit (or at least stay in one place) in order to write and work, there are clever ways to incorporate activity into a regular day.
Stand up to work
People with a sedentary lifestyle often have a hard time getting active, so a good step toward that goal is to simply stand up more. Standing up while working literally puts you one step closer to an active lifestyle.
Since you’re already standing up, it’s that much easier to go grab something you want – if you were sitting, you might talk yourself out of getting a drink of water or running out to the mailbox. You can also stretch or do basic exercises, like squats or lunges, while standing.
Start slowly – it’s common to feel some aches and pains at first. Stand for an hour a day, then work up from there. Try to keep your standing-while-working position as ergonomic as possible, with the screen at eye level and your hands at a 90-degree angle in front of you.
You can use a surface in your home, buy an addition for your desk or go all-out and invest in an adjustable standing desk.
Set a timer to get moving
Even if you have a crazy-long day in front of you, you can still get a decent amount of exercise in short spurts. Set a timer for every hour and then get out of your chair and start moving.
In just five minutes you can do a few yoga poses while meditating, try no-equipment-necessary strengthening exercises, perform some moves on a balance board, or simply walk or jog around your house to get your blood pumping.
If you’re going from sedentary to more active, the goal should be to simply move – right now, that alone will be a challenge. As you get used to being active throughout the day, challenge yourself more.
Maybe you try plank poses instead of simple yoga moves or you go for a 20-minute run around your neighbourhood instead of a 5-minute walk in your living room. Even the busiest days have spare minutes here and there for exercise.
Exercise right at your desk
Okay, so you have hard deadlines and you really don’t have time to do anything but work. You can at least get some exercise in at your desk, maybe when you’re reading an article for inspiration or mentally brainstorming about what you’ll write next.
There are a number of activities you can do while sitting, like knee raises and leg circles – you may not even have to move your chair back from your desk to do them. You can also check out clever, under-desk exercise equipment, like modified ellipticals and bikes.
A non-active job doesn’t have to mean you lead a sedentary lifestyle, too. There’s a lot to be said for striking a healthier work-life balance – which could mean a more active lifestyle and less work.
Nobody said you have to spend the same exact amount of time working as living! Get honest with yourself about how much time you need to accomplish your work, then spend the rest of your day doing what’s best for your emotional and physical self – work will still be there tomorrow.
About the author
Frankie Wallace regularly contributes to a wide variety of blogs and enjoys writing about health tips and politics. Wallace currently resides in Boise, Idaho and is a recent graduate from the University of Montana.