New Healthy Habit & An Interesting "Alarm"

Friday, January 27, 2012

Some days, I am shooting (with a camera, not a gun). On those days, I am quite active and feel great. Other days, I sit at my desk, editing photos, answering calls and emails, and working on everything else I have to do as a small business owner. Those days, even though I almost always get in a workout of some sort, I don't feel as good.

I've read articles here on SP and other places that advocate getting up and doing SOMETHING to move your body at least once every 60-90 minutes or so. Since we all tend to get lost in work and lose track of time, these same articles recommend setting an alarm that will remind us to do it. But I realized today that my body gives me a very reliable and natural "alarm", I just have to listen to it. After all, if you really think about it, you'll almost certainly realize that there are several times during the workday when you get that "numb-butt" feeling...or is that just me? Okay, so if you don't get numb-butt, maybe you get tight shoulders?? Work with me here.

Today I decided that every time I have that numb-butt feeling, I will get up and do something active - just one set of something, anything.... Then I remembered that I have made it one of my 2012 goals to be able to do pull-ups. And I did just buy this crazy resistance cable contraption to assist me with said goal until I get strong enough to do them unassisted. And my pull-up bar (with attached assistance contraption) hangs in the doorway that is directly in my line of sight when sitting in my office chair (which is a stability ball on wheels, btw, but I digress). So, there it is, pull-ups every time my butt goes numb!! And hey, maybe I'll really go Pavlovian and immediately drink a big glass of ice water upon completing the set of pull-ups! Yes! That's it! Numb butt - > Pull-ups -> Water!!!

Yay for new healthy habits!
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    emoticon I need to do that getting up each hour!! If not for movement but to just get to the bathroom on time!
    3469 days ago
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    OMG - I'm totally putting a pull-up bar in my home office doorway because of you. Thank you for the inspiration! I've never been able to do one properly. I think 2012 is the year to change that!
    I have an egg timer I keep on my desk and set it for 60 minutes. It keeps me focused as long as it's ticking and when it goes off I get up and do whatever my mind has been distracted by and has wanted to do in those past 60 minutes. I think attempting some pull-ups is great to do before I do anything else (load of laundry, empty the dishwasher, etc.)
    Hooray for awesome ideas! Thanks!
    3472 days ago
    Leave it to Nat to state the obvious and call it what it is....."numb-butts". You are still cracking me up!
    3473 days ago
    I'm getting up right butt is numb as I type. LOL!!! Dang desk jobs! hehehehehehe
    3476 days ago
    Brilliant! I love new, healthy habits!

    3476 days ago
    ugggg - pull ups! I have never ever been able to do any of those but it is one of my goals for 2012 too. Used a machine at the Y the other day for pull ups and dips - OMG! But that's ok - we got another 11 months! LOL
    3476 days ago
    NPW... Numb, Pull, Water! I like!
    3476 days ago
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