Do This to Feel Better Fast (and a Food Rant)
If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time at a computer desk, sitting. I hate to break it to you, but sitting for long periods of time is not good for your health, or posture.
However, I’ll share a super simple tip you can use to feel better, increase your energy, and improve your mobility.
Set a timer for 15 minutes, and whenever it goes off, get up and do something.
I greatly recommend placing the timer across the room so each time it goes off you have to get up. Depending on where you work, this may not be practical, but at least make an effort to put the timer out of reach.
What should you do when the 15 minutes are up and it’s time to do “something”?
Here are some quick ideas to get you going:
- Jumping jacks (20 is a good number)
- Walking or reverse lunges (I like to hold the bottom position and focus on stretching my hip flexors with each stride)
- Overhead squats
- Scapular wall-slides
- Push-ups and lunges or squats
- Walk up some stairs
- Jump rope
- Glute bridges
It truly doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do something. This would be an excellent time to perform some mobility drills based on your limitations and needs as well.
Setting a timer to go off every 15 minutes is a productive and easy tip to incorporate. Plus, after a couple of hours you’ll have moved more than most people do in an entire day, and it will only take you a matter of minutes! I guarantee you’ll feel better, too.
Another tip – this works well when watching TV. Instead of using a timer, get up and move around or do something quick during commercials.
Simple. Quick. Effective. You have absolutely no excuses for not doing this. Set your timer now!
And Now . . . Time for a Brief Rant
I don’t go off on a rant very often, but sometimes it’s just necessary.
Recently someone criticized me for drinking protein shakes and enjoying ice cream on occasion. “Too much fake sugars” and “consuming all of those protein shakes isn’t optimal” I was told.
I recently spoke with my good friend and fellow Beautiful Badass, Marianne Kane, about these comments, and she gave her opinion on a similar situation she encountered.
There is way too much judgement out there regarding diet! If you reveal a “cheat” meal or something “unhealthy” that you ate you are either applauded for being a rebel, or judged for being a bad influence to obese people (not that showing a picture of an apple will suddenly make them change their ways, as everybody knows by now what is classed as healthy or unhealthy). The bigger issue is how this judgment seems to change depending on the subject’s circumstances; a “fit” person is a rebel for eating junk, an obese person is greedy and disgusting, yet a person who is emaciated and starving is encouraged to eat this junk and everyone else feels happy about that!!
This irks me a lot!
~Marianne Kane, MyomyTV.com
Look, I acknowledge that everyone would be better off if they never consumed sugar or fake sugar ever again, for the rest of their lives. I also believe we would all be healthier if we grew our own food in natural, optimal conditions and only consumed grass-fed meat, wild caught fish, free range poultry and eggs, raw dairy, and other free range meats. (Get resources for purchasing these items locally can be found here).
Adding to that, ideally everyone would get at least 20 minutes of direct sunlight every single day, and only drink water that cascaded down the peaks of the snowy Rocky Mountains, and lived in pollution-free areas. Trust me, I could go on and on about “ideal” situations, eating habits, and living environments.
But the truth is, it’s not realistic for most people to follow those guidelines every day for the rest of their life, and so I won’t suggest such a thing. And obviously, many of those suggestions aren’t the least bit practical for some individuals. Setting unrealistic goals leads to aggravation and unnecessary stress.
Furthermore, I have heard of fitness professionals who claim they never eat junk food, but I have friends who have seen these people eat such “forbidden” foods and don’t allow people to take pictures of them doing so.
I refuse to present a façade implying that my eating habits and choices are optimal each and every day. I’m not going to act like I don’t have personal demons when it comes to past relationships with food. Hell, I even revealed my battle with disordered eating habits that plagued me for years.
I’m not going to act like I’m perfect or that I eat “optimal” (whatever that really means) every day of my life. I will not be a hypocrite and tell you not to eat something that I do. I don’t subscribe to the “do as I say, not as I do” mentality. Leading by example is something I strive to do on a daily basis, and to help you achieve the same.
Yes, I eat grass-fed, local beef and poultry, eggs, and dairy. Yes, I also eat full fat, sugar laden ice cream on occasion. And, if I’m feeling really crazy, I’ll have a glass of wine, a beer, or a Magners.
In regards to protein shakes; would I prefer to get all of my protein from natural food sources? Of course, but for the amount of protein I am eating each day, it’s not realistic and I use protein shakes to supplement my protein needs.
My Main Priority
I will always strive to provide you with simple, no nonsense nutrition guidelines (as I did in Beautiful Badass Nutrition Principles) and strength training information. There are more important things in life to concern ourselves with than spending every waking moment thinking about our daily diet and training regimens.
My nutrition habits and food choices are better than they were a few years ago, and a few years from now, I’m sure they’ll be even better.
My main goal with nutrition (besides eating primarily real food) is to make small, continual progress. For example, over the past few months I have only purchased grass-fed butter, local eggs and bacon. In addition, I just started drinking milk with my post-workout shake and like many of the foods I eat regularly, the milk is purchased locally and comes from grass-fed cows that aren’t given any hormones or antibiotics.
I’m also making an effort to buy protein powders made with minimal ingredients and use natural sweeteners, such as stevia. (When I find one that tastes great, I’ll let you know. Still searching).
Bottom line – eat real food at least 90 percent of the time, and enjoy some of your favorite not-really-food-items once a week or so.
On that note, I’ll be attending a Super Bowl party with my family this Sunday, and rest assured I’ll be eating some home-made cookies that are made with sugar and butter; I may even take a picture.