Recess in school is something that most of us would not question. We know that kids need to move and wear off some energy in able to sit still and get their learning time in. Can you imagine trying to make a 7 year old sit at a desk for 3 hours or 4 hours at a time without being able to get up? Do you think they would learn very much or get very much study time in?
Why does this theory of needing movement time and even fresh air and outside time change as we get older and enter adulthood? Who made the rule that you should be able to sit for long periods of time and get all kinds of work done when you reach a certain age?
There are some adults who have careers and jobs with built in movement time and that is amazing. I’m guessing many of these people don’t even realize how helpful it is as far as their body’s health to be able to naturally move throughout their day and not have to sit in one spot. They probably don’t realize how movement and even outdoor time can help them be more productive, happy and healthy.
If you are one of those people who has a career that involves sitting anywhere for long periods of time I’m guessing you know how hard it can be on your body. You probably have felt the achy back, sore neck and shoulders and just sluggishness we feel when we don’t move on a regular basis. So what do you do about it? How about some planned recess time? Recess time as an adult could be just about anything like:
- Walking down the hall to get a drink of water
- 2 or 3 minutes of stretching or movement at your desk
- Desk Push Ups
- a walk outside on your break or lunch time
Need some more ideas on how to add movement time into your life? Check out our Office Pilates Series designed to give you ideas on how you can incorporate more movement into your daily life even if you are sitting at a desk!!