Joyful Moving in April

Exercise has many health benefits and may manage symptoms of stress and anxiety. Get moving this April by adding in small steps, building up to a goal of 30 minutes of physical activity a day. 

There are many ways that you can get active during the day, whether you are at home or at the office. During the workday try stretching instead of sitting in place on breaks. Form a virtual walking club or step challenge with coworkers. On lunch take a lap around the building or office. Try to practice 15 to 30 minutes of yoga – there are free classes available on YouTube. When sitting at your desk, stand or move every time you make or answer a phone call. 

While sitting in your chair-posture is key!

With posture keep the following things in mind:

  • Make sure to adjust your chair height so knees are about level with hips
  • Hands should be at or below elbow level
  • The monitor should be at arm’s length 

Here are some fun ways to participate in activities with kids. To get kids moving opt outside on a nature walk, and see what animals or plants you can find. Ride your bikes to a park or around the block. Create a scavenger hunt for indoor or outdoor fun. Eye spy is another great activity, try moving around the house to each item you spot!

Don’t forget to stay hydrated! It is important to drink lots of water with increased movement to replace the fluids you lose when you sweat. It is recommended that adults drink eight glasses of water a day.

Information sourced from the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association.