There is something to be said for the adage, “Out of sight, out of mind”. It is often used when referring to a mess of some sort. However, I’ve found that when fitness equipment is out of sight, it is too often out of mind, and that’s not conducive to increasing fitness.
Working from home, I make sure that I take little exercise breaks. In addition to my dance breaks, dog walks and swims, I do some exercises at home. It’s easy enough to glue my butt to the chair when I get wrapped up in a project.
While having my weights, stretch bands and balls in a visible place won’t win me a page in a decorating magazine, it gives me wins in other (more important) areas of my life: flexibility, strength and endurance.
As you can see, I have a number of exercise “toys”. A wobble board is tucked underneath my perch, er recliner, which I’ll use while watching movies. Sometimes I’ll roll the stability ball into the office to work at the computer, or I’ll do some weights, which you can see in Holly’s toy box. I have different coloured/strength Therabands®; I tied the black one to the foot of our (very heavy) coffee table to work primarily on my adductors and abductors. (If you want to get started now, here are some exercises you can do to strengthen these 2 often-neglected muscle groups.)
Be sure to check with your healthcare team before starting any new exercise program.
My rheumatologist recently shared the name of a new resource with me called Exercise is Medicine®. This is a global health initiative that is designed to encourage primary care physicians and healthcare providers to include physical activity as a part of the treatment plan for patients. As this initiative builds momentum, you can expect to hear more about this during your office visits. Wouldn’t it be great to get a jump on this and be able to tell your healthcare team about the steps you are taking to address this area?
How are you incorporating fitness into your day?
- Marianna’s Law as Applied to Exercise.
- Exercising Your Approach.
- Using Newtonian Law.
- Overcome Your Fear and Get in the Swim.