Although the Weighted Recovr Blanket is designed to keep you still and bring your body to rest, we know the benefits of movement are just as advantageous. In our modern day society, we spend most of our day sitting at our desks staring at a screen. Sitting for long periods of time can have a number of negative effects on your body. The side effects include a strained neck, disc damage in the spine, foggy brain, poor leg circulation and the list goes on! We weren’t meant to live like this. Humans are meant to be nomadic, and move around.
There are some simple things that we can do to combat this. Standing periodically through out the workday is an easy solution. Standing for a period of 30-60 seconds every hour is a good starting point.
Another easy thing to do is to ensure that your computer screen is at eye level so that you are aren’t angling your neck in an uncomfortable position for long periods of time. If you don’t have an adjustable monitor, no need to invest in anything fancy, you could just stack the monitor on top of a few boxes. It really is whatever works for you.
Another practice that you can implement in your daily workday is stretching at your desk during the workday. The key here again, is to move more throughout the day. This link provides a number of different stretches that you can do with ease at your desk. Try a few out and watch for improvement in your performance and focus.
Now let’s chat about things that you can do to improve your overall health when you’re not in the office.
I am now going to introduce to you a few of the things that I do personally and I found helpful when I exercise. I find it difficult to set aside a specific time in a day to work out. Sometimes I have an hour, other times I only have a few minutes. H.I.I.T. or High Intensity Interval Training is what I found to be the best solution for me and hopefully something you can use as well.
High Intensity Interval Training is short, explosive bursts of exercise, followed by a short recovery, and then back on it.
Even a few minutes of training at an intensity approaching your maximum capacity produces molecular changes within muscles comparable to those of several hours of running or bike riding.
Now this is a tough way to workout but it has proven to be very beneficial for many people. I will say that although it is difficult, it’s a lot of fun, and never gets boring. I personally couldn’t run on a treadmill for 60 minutes straight, not because I can’t physically do it, but because I prefer not to feel like a hamster running on a wheel with no destination.
In this New York Times article, they list a number of different exercises that can be done depending on the amount of time you have in your day to dedicate to fitness. They are meant to be done for 30 seconds each, with a 10 second rest between each exercise.
Enough talk, now move!