You would think working at the YMCA would instantly make you a model of health and wellness, as if going through orientation will then re-wire your brain to make sure you to go to a group aerobics class everyday and to never be without a healthy snack in your bag. I wish it were so simple.
Mondays are usually my longest work day of the week: after being at the Y for 10 hours, it’s pretty dang hard to work up the motivation to stay and hop on the elliptical for 30 minutes. This Monday was one of those nights where I just didn’t do it, but I wish I had.
In the grand scheme of the day, 30 minutes isn’t all that long. (I can barely watch an episode of 30 Rock in 30 minutes!) It’s all about prioritizing and making the time to be active, whether it’s going to the Y or taking a walk through your neighborhood. So many of us spend a majority of our days sitting–sitting at a desk, sitting in the car, sitting on the couch–that we have to really make an effort to get moving. One of the absolute best things you can do for your health is to spend half an hour being active. On those days when I need that extra kick in the butt, I look for different motivators, and this short video lecture is a great one. In it, Dr. Mike Evans, a professor of Family Medicine and Public Health, talks about the many benefits of being active, from decreasing your risk for heart disease to improving quality of life. It’s well worth the nine minutes–and there are great illustrations to convey his points.
So, can you limit your sitting and sleeping to just 23 1/2 hours a day? Can you dedicate just 30 minutes a day to being active? I’m working on it–you should, too!
What are your favorite activities that get you moving and out of your seat?