“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”
– Author, Anne Lamott
Bust These Exercise Myths
Exercise is normal, sitting is killing us, and you’re lazy if you take the escalator. Right?
Wrong. Here, Harvard professor of evolutionary biology Daniel E Lieberman busts some major exercise myths. And they may surprise you. According to Lieberman:
- Avoiding exertion doesn’t make you lazy – it’s a natural instinct.
- Sitting for 10 hours a day is normal in every culture. (Just be sure to get up.)
- No, running won’t wear out your knees, as long as you train sensibly.
- Our ancestors weren’t as strong and fast as we think. “It is neither normal nor necessary to be ultra-fit and ultra-strong.”
The helpful thing about busting these myths is that we can learn to work with our natural situation rather than struggle against it.
Read more here, and remember: even a little exercise is better than none.
Schedule Your Meal Breaks
Is taking a proper lunch break high on your list of priorities today? Because it should be!
Food is fuel – not just for our bodies, but for our brains. That’s why productivity and decision-making suffer when our stomachs are rumbling and blood sugar is low.
Problem is, urgent tasks get in the way. So here’s a simple solution: schedule in your meal breaks. Block out time in your calendar for them. Treat them with the same importance as you would a meeting with a client or your boss.
Even better: as Ruchika Tulshyan argues in a piece for HBR, make your breaks visible as well. That way you’re helping to make break-taking an accepted part of company culture. 👊
So, what time is your lunch break scheduled for today?
Shona Vertue, Author, Personal Trainer & Under Armour Ambassador
“I almost feel anxious when I sleep in,” says early riser Shona Vertue. She:
- Wakes between 5 and 6 am.
- Does 20 minutes of Vedic meditation. “It’s very committed and structured, and I use a mantra that’s completely secret and personal to me.”
- Puts on gym gear straight away. “I like to just eliminate the decision-making processes as much as possible in the morning.”
- Goes to the gym or for a walk/run then has breakfast afterward.
Why it works:
- There’s so much research showing the benefits of meditation on mind and body. Here’s more info about Vedic meditation specifically.
- Limiting choices is a great way to avoid decision fatigue.
- Exercise is obviously good, but should you do it fasted or fed? Research so far seems to suggest it doesn’t make much difference – so do what feels best for you!
Whether you walk or swim, work out alone or in a class, train before or after breakfast, etc. – the choice is yours. Ultimately, the best workout is the one you do!
Do you have any strategies for fitting exercise into your day?