“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” – Carol Welch
Are you feeling lazy? Tired? Low? Do you feel stuck in life? Are you missing your creative flow? Do you feel like you are putting on weight? You can solve these problems with one tip. It is simple and easy, yet so powerful. It is so simple that we can easily underestimate it. But this tip is one of the secrets of Okinawa’s centenarians, who are healthy and strong even in their hundredth year of life.
Okinawa is an island in Japan. This place has shot to fame due to the longevity of its residents. The number of people who live for 100 years is higher in this place. For every 100,000 inhabitants, Okinawa has 68 centenarians – more than three times the numbers found in US populations of the same size. And the amazing thing is the majority of these centenarians are in good health, and they are able to do their daily activities independently. It is rare to see a bedridden centenarian in Okinawa.
So, what are the secrets of the longevity and robust health of these Okinawans? Many organizations and people have conducted research for years to find out the answer to this question. Research revealed several interesting lifestyle practices of Okinawans, and they have been documented in various books. One of these practices is movement. Okinawans keep themselves physically active throughout the day by doing various activities like walking, gardening, farming, sitting on the floor to have their meals, meeting their friends, etc. They are physically active even in their old age. They are constantly in movement throughout the day, and it is found that this is one of the factors that contribute to their longevity.
So, how to add movement in life? Here are 20 ideas to do it.
1. Household work: Do your household work. Running a house involves various tasks like cooking, cleaning, cutting vegetables, and so on. See if you can pick up some activity.
2. Use stairs: Instead of taking the lift, use stairs. At least, make it a habit to use stairs while climbing down.
3. Stand up: For every 30 minutes of sitting, stand up and walk around for a few minutes. This not only makes you physically active but also improves your productivity.
4. Walk: Walk for 20 to 30 minutes every day. You can start your day with a nice walk outdoors.
5. Play: Play with your children. This keeps you healthy and happy. This also helps you have a strong bond with your children.
6. Sit on the floor: Have your food by sitting on the floor. This simple practice works on your legs and helps in exercising them. This also helps in improved digestion.
7. Work without a machine: Once in a week, try doing household work like washing clothes without a machine.
8. Stretch: Stretch your body once in a while. It feels good and is also a nice to recharge yourself.
9. Use TV time: Work out while watching TV. You can do a simple walk or sukshma yoga, which has simple exercises for the whole body.
10. Use commercial breaks: Walk around during commercial breaks. Ad times are boring for many of us, and we wait for them to finish. Instead of getting impatient, we can use this time to move our body.
11. Dance: Dance to your favorite song. Dancing is a great way to remove stress. Play your favorite song and dance as if no one is watching you.
12. Declutter: Declutter your home and your desk. The clutter keeps gathering on a daily basis. Regularly declutter your home. This frees up the space around you and your mind as well. And it is a great way to keep yourself physically active.
13. Hydrate yourself: Drink lots of water. When you drink a lot of water, you need to go to the toilet multiple times, and this is a good movement for your body. Also, good water intake improves your overall health.
14. Use phone time: When you get phone calls, talk, and walk. Make your phone time a walking time.
15. Use standing desk: Get a standing desk. Standing desk helps you work while standing. You can comfortably alternate between standing and sitting.
16. Use meeting time: Stand during meetings. When you have any office meetings, stand and take those meetings.
17. Walk post dinner: Take a gentle walk after your dinner. You can go for a nice walk with your family members after dinner.
18. Walk your pet: Pets bring us joy. If you have a pet at your home, walk your pet. Take it outdoors.
20. Nearby Grocery: Walk or cycle to your nearby grocery store. Once in a while, go to your nearby grocery store and shop.
21. Waiting time: Use your waiting time. Sometimes, we end up waiting either in a mall or a movie theatre, and it is irritating to keep waiting. Instead of becoming restless and impatient, use this time to take a nice walk and move around.
These are some ideas to add more movement in life.
When we make movement a priority in our life, we will find many more ways to keep moving. Movement is important for our physical, emotional, and mental health. It keeps us alert and awake. It also makes us feel young and throbbing with energy. So, never miss a chance to move around.
When you keep moving, your children, too, get inspired to move around. It is so easy to fall into the habit of a sedentary lifestyle in current times, and unless a person consciously imbibes such habits, habits like movement don’t become part of life. So, move around and inspire your children too. We all deserve to be strong and healthy like those Okinawa Centenarians. So, let’s walk the path shown by these inspiring centenarians.
Movement keeps us vibrant and healthy. Let’s add movement to our daily living.
Wish you and your family health and love!