Since having Hudson and not having the ability to go to the gym for an actual workout every day, I’ve had to get creative with ways to stay active. I do the following 4 things on a daily basis and have found myself with more sustained energy over the course of the day, better posture, and an accomplished to-do list!
- I stand while I do computer work or talk on the phone: I’ve found that I stay more engaged in my work or conversations and am better able to keep up with Hudson! Win-win! (Here’s an inexpensive option for converting your desk to a standing desk)
- I hold Hudson instead of putting him in a cart or carrier: If I’m not in a super big hurry and I’m, say, browsing somewhere like Target, I will hold Hudson instead of pushing him in the cart. Hudson weighs 23 pounds and is a wiggly, grabby little guy so the act of keeping him still and not into everything creates a bunch of work for me.
- I incorporate some sort of active chore into my daily to-list. For example, I needed to rearrange a portion of the garage last week. I spent 30 minutes lifting heavy bins and boxes and hoisting them all over the place. My heart rate was up while I got a task accomplished. Washing sheets and remaking beds, scrubbing floor boards, vacuuming the entire house, changing the air conditioner filters…these are just a few of my active tasks!
- I take afternoon walks: Calorie burn, sunshine (Vitamin D), and some fresh air–it’s my afternoon trifecta! Plus, I SAVE calories by not drinking a big cup of coffee (I like mine with coconut milk and sweetener–so many calories!) when I feel myself needing a little afternoon pick-me-up. (I know not everyone has the ability to leave their office for a walk, but maybe going up and down your office building stairs a couple of times, or kicking off your heels and doing some lunges or dips off your office chair are?)