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Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living!
Let's go down our childhood memory lane. Do you recollect elders calling you names like 'jumping jack', 'restless brat', 'fidgety' and more? That was because as children, we were a powerhouse of energy and would use it up by moving our bodies to its maximum potential, i.e. running all over the place. But as we grew up, our energy levels reduced and all we did was confined our body to a chair within four walls. Instead of expending energy physically, we started doing it mentally.
Just a minor shift from physical to mental exercise became the root cause of all major lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart attacks, blood pressure, etc. So doesn't it make complete sense to continue being children if it could help us improve your life span and health quality? Of course it does. Let's look at all the silly but helpful things we can do to help get activity into every minor aspect of our life:
Headbanging: Add a few rock and metal songs to your playlist, which you can headbang to. This is also a great way to de-stress and you can be sure that you're not sitting completely idle either.
Feet tapping: Another great way to move your legs is to use the almost fidgety tapping of your feet while listening to your favourite track as an excuse.
Hopping: Take small breaks every 30 minutes while working and do some small jumps or hops. This helps to circulate blood well.
Dancing: The best way to move is to groove or sway on music. When you hear a good track just get up and dance like no one's watching.
Hopscotch: Also known as Langdi. You can move from one room to the other doing it.
Phugdi: This is an age old game played by 2 people where they hold each other hand and rotate. If you really want to have some fun, ask your colleague to get up and do phugdi with you. The adrenaline rush you get is worth experiencing.
Lunge: Walk around from one table to another in a walking lunge position. Helps you strengthen your legs.
Frog jump: Remember doing frog jumps as kids in school? You can do some frog jumps on your way to the washroom too.
Step ups: Have a 1-minute step up competition with a friend and see who finishes first. This is an exciting way to get others to move as well.
Jumping jack: You can have the entire office to get up and do 50 jumping jacks with you as a tiny break every 1 hour.
So shun your embarrassment and be a role model for people to follow your footsteps towards a healthier lifestyle. The more you do it, the more others will want to do it with you.