Ways to exercise without getting up from your chair:

  • Jumping to conclusions
  • Running around in circles
  • Stretching the truth
  • Beating around the bush
  • Spinning your wheels
  • Running your mouth off
  • Doing a tailspin
  • Throwing a fit
  • Jumping out of your skin
  • Flying by the seat of your pants
  • Driving others wild
  • Digging a hole for yourself
  • Walking on eggshells
  • Chipping away at your self-esteem
  • Jogging your memory
  •  Walking on sunshine
  • Spinning plates in the air
  • Juggling responsibilities
  • Running on empty
  • Balancing work, school and home
  • Throwing caution to the wind

Do’s and don’ts for Stress Intervention:

  • Do: Take a breath.
    • Don’t: Hold your breath
  • Do:  Acknowledge your stress, worries, fears.
    • Don’t:  “Dread ahead”
  • Do: Consider positive action.
    • Don’t:  “Should” yourself
  • Do: Talk with friends.
    • Don’t: Gripe about the same thing 3x without doing something differently.
  • Do: Laugh, dance play.
    • Don’t: Always put the fun off til tomorrow.

Some thinking about regular physical activity:

 “Activity” means being active.  It does not require special clothes, a gym membership or vigorous muscle contractions.  Vigorous exercise is good, great in fact for building muscle endurance (like strengthening your heart); however too often we buy into the “no pain, no gain” myth and overlook the fact that doing SOMETHING is better than doing nothing.  Try these:

  • 5 minute study breaks every hour.  Walk, stretch, go up and down stairs, dance, strike a pose.
  • Take a midday stroll to anywhere (that you can walk safely).  Notice your surroundings, breathe in deeply (may be hard through a mask), listen to the sounds of nature or tunes of your choice.  Bonus points if you take a pet or child with you for a walk.
  • Add physical activity to your daily calendar and treat it like a very important class you MUST attend.
  • Start the day with 20 minutes of stretching, walking or doing a youtube fitness video – you’ll feel better all day long.

“If exercise could be packaged in a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation.” -Robert Butler, National Institute on Aging

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