Current world events have caused us to spend more time in our homes than usual. While this may be beneficial for family bonding, it can also cause many people to loose motivation for activities that were at one time very important to them. Movement being one of them. Movement comes in many forms - from intentional weekly workouts to taking movement breaks throughout the day while at work.
Let's start with movement breaks while at work. Many of our patients have desk jobs, but spend time throughout the day walking to fill up their water bottle, running to the bathroom, taking the stairs at lunch and running around the office to pick up copies and speak with colleagues. These are also great ways to procrastinate throughout the day, but tend to be more beneficial than we realize. While working at home the length of time it takes to get from one place to another is most likely less and there are less people to talk to. While going through our new Telelhealth appointments with patients, we are realizing that more people are staying seated longer and working through meals because there are less distractions at home.
When it comes to home workouts we are sometimes entering a different territory. The motivation of going to a coached class at your local CrossFit box or globo gym makes weekly exercise much easier. Trust me (Dr. Sarah) - I am right there with you! I find it extremely difficult to motivate myself when I don't have a coach telling me what to do, when to do it and how much weight to lift. Unfortunately, it seems easier to push off exercise until tomorrow, next week or who knows when.
If I am being honest, I have lacked motivation for the last 2 weeks. We have been working hard to get back into a NEW routine with work, food and exercise. That means that exercising has been minimal recently. That also means that my body is starting to tell me the same thing. Over the last 5 days I have been waking up with hip and shoulder pain and noticing knee pain while walking our dog. This is not something that I experience on a regular basis, but have noticed a MAJOR shift since my lifestyle has turned more sedentary than usual.
If you have been noticing more aches and pains than normal, consider taking a look at your activities of daily living. Maybe even compare them to your pre-COVID activities of daily living and see what is different. Your body may be craving movement. As chiropractors we strive to educate patients not he fact that MOTION IS LOTION. It may sound cheesy, but it is true. The more often we move our joints through an appropriate range of motion, the healthier they will be. Consider setting an alarm to get up every hour to go to the bathroom, stretch a little or walk up and down the stairs a few times. Also consider, making it a priority to do some type of exercise daily, whether that be strength training, a walk, a bike ride, yoga, or even meditation (exercising your mind counts too).
If you are struggling with motivation to move or have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!
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