By: Teresa Peterson

We need to move. Since I’ve seen most of you violently throwing your bodies towards the drop or swaying your hips and bouncing around at the last Turner Jackson show I know this is true. It’s not just something we want we actually need it. So my question for you is why limit movement to the odd hours of the night? The truth is we need it throughout the day, every day, and no I’m not about to get on a soapbox about going to the gym. Not all people have a ‘GET SWOLE’ bro-tank in the closet…that’s not a bad thing.

In the words of some of my favorite health researchers and writers, it’s time to “make movement a part of life.”

The human body was not created for prolonged sitting and standing. And while it’s great to get out to the gym once a day, the hour on your feet doesn’t necessarily make up for the eight, ten, or twelve hours when you were sedentary behind this screen. In the same vein, that extensive time spent at work on your butt or standing in one place, is also what causes you to say “but I don’t have time for exercise”.
Brad Cardinal at Oregon State University says that this is the most common barrier for people who want to move but still don’t make it part of their day, the lack of time.

Well for all of us work-a-holic, blog-addicted- screen-lovers there is good news. It turns out simply making movement part of each day can have the same positive health results as longer periods of activity completed at the gym. In a study at Oregon State University researchers found that small one to two minute bouts of physical activity throughout the day were equally beneficial in reducing risk for/ preventing metabolic syndrome (increases risk for diabetes), high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. You might be thinking I’m not at risk for this, but you are, we all are, young or not. For example, when we are stressed out our blood pressure increases, we tend to eat foods that are high in sugars (even though they are the worst for reducing stress) and all of these can lead to the ailments listed above. No one is exempt.

That’s okay though because short bouts of activity throughout the day are as easy as:

  • Getting up every half hour or so from your desk and walking around the block
  • Doing a 2 minute push-up/sit-up session between emails
  • Walking instead of sitting during phone calls
  • Taking the stairs
  • Parking further away from the door

It all makes a difference and the list goes on and on. The point is that moving throughout the day is a more natural way to exercise and as the research points out, movement as a way of life is equivalent to the 30-minute per day federal exercise guidelines. Carpe Diem, right?

You can live healthier and happier by simply seizing the opportunities for movement and if you’re ever drawing a blank, learn how to twerk.