Other than maybe the bit of walking to and from work, how have you moved today?
Yesterday I joined a gym. I haven’t consistently been going to the gym in months, and to be totally honest, my back has been killing me. Yes, yoga does help my back at times, but I’ve found the thing that really helps me right now is lifting weights – specifically deadlifts. This is a story for another email, but what I want you to take away from this is that movement variety matters. I have an active job – I walk a ton every day, occasionally demo yoga poses, and then have my own home practice that I do. In general, it’s all very similar actions – yoga poses and walking. I could tell I needed something more, something different, so I signed up for this gym – and I have to tell you, after changing my movement practice up a bit, my back pain is gone and I feel like a million bucks!
So…in the event that walking is the only movement you’ve done today (which, don’t get me wrong, isn’t bad, but it’s something we as humans do every day), here is a short sequence for you to watch at work and do at your desk, to get your body moving in a different way than it normally does. There’s no sound, so feel free to watch on your lunch break.
Let me know how you feel afterwards. A little bit of variety, and a little bit of movement, can go a long long way.