Dancing with the Dude

Last Update: December 05, 2017

Working at home seems like the dream job, right?

Yeah, in many ways it is, but from my own experience, and according to several articles I have read recently, there is a significant drawback: a lack of physical activity. I know that personally, I am in pretty bad shape right now. I used to do a job that was quite physical, but now I tend to spend most of my time sitting at my computer. My butt gets flatter as my belly gets rounder, and my endurance has gone down. That's not so good.

There is plenty of evidence that long bouts of sitting can have both physical and emotional consequences.Too much sitting reduces blood flow to the legs and can lead to the buildup of plaques in the arteries, referred to as atherosclerosis. Those who sit for 8 hours or more each day (that's me!) are at an increased risk for diabetes, depression and obesity. Fortunately, they say even just 5 minutes of getting up and walking each hour can help offset this.

Not so long ago, I started doing my reading while on a treadmill. I need to do a fair bit of research for the writing jobs I have been receiving, so that is a perfect time for me to walk a bit. It has helped, but I know I still need to be more active, and this seems to be quite common.

I have read recently that one of the best exercises you can do is... dance. Huh.


That is rather unfortunate, since I have never been much of a dancer. Sure I did ice dancing for several years, even competing, but regular old dancing? Nope. Usually if I try to dance, service dogs knock me down and lie on me to await medical assistance...

Still, I thought I should try something. They say that even the most moderate forms of dancing burns as many calories as cycling, so why not? I decided that once per hour, I would get up and dance, and surprisingly, I don't hate it. In fact, it does seem to boost my mood, along with my heart rate.

So, how does the Dude factor into this? Well, they say that a key component of visualisation and using the Law of Attraction involves your emotions. It's great to visualise the things you want, it's even better to do so in a positive, upbeat frame of mind, so when I am dancing (poorly), I use that time to focus on my goals and aspirations. I talk things over with the Dude, dancing with the universe. A different type of Dancing with the Stars! And if you listen to music while you work, it seems like a natural thing to do.

So, get up and move. You may be surprised at how good it feels, and you'll be doing your body a favour.

Just make sure you don't freak out your pets.

Wishing you all love and laughter.

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DNicholas Premium
Dancing, what a concept! Never thought about that before. That might work if it wasn't for my lack of rhythm and two left feet. Maybe I should stick to Piyo. At least the neighbors won't call the people in the little white coats.

Don
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CraigW315 Premium
You can't be any worse than me!
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jtaienao Premium
A great way to relieve stress and get some exercising in at the same time. Definitely won’t be doing what my man is doing in the pic though. Probably would end up in intensive care. Lol!!
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CraigW315 Premium
Yeah, that move is a bit intense. I could potentially do it with some rope, pulleys, and about 3 people supporting me. Ha ha!
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SurfsideBob Premium
I can't play music often while working, and that's because I'm a guitarist. So I find myself grabbing the guitar and jamming all the time. So I'll typically take an hour a day, head to the beach to walk and stretch, and play guitar a designated time rather than an interruption of my work day. :-)
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BrendaW1 Premium
I understand completely what you have experienced in sitting for 8 hours a day. I have done that for far too long myself. About a year ago I too decided dancing might be a good way to go. So whenever I am watching TV, during the commercials (which always have music in the background) I get up and dance! Works great!
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CraigW315 Premium
Better than running to get snacks (which is another problem on its own)!
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denocajun Premium
I love your post. but about that picture my friend I could not have done that when I was a kid and now if I tried I would probably break the arm, leg and my big nose. Thanks for the post...
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CraigW315 Premium
Me too!
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drcmaint Premium
Yup.
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Spark3r Premium
Dancing has always been such a fun activity for me. I use to own all of the dance games for the Wii and XBox and it was a great way to unwind. I should try to see if I can incorporate more dancing in my life.
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CraigW315 Premium
We have a few of those games too! My younger son loves them, but the older one has become self-conscious.
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Dmorrow Premium
Dance on Craig, it's good for the spirit!
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CraigW315 Premium
It really does seem that way!
I was never one to go to any clubs or anything. i was always to self-conscious to dance in front of people-- I'm kind of clumsy-- but at home alone, it's kind of fun.
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Armlemt Premium
I get up and walk around the house with the cat's toy trailing behind me. It's not long before she is in the chase. If I sit for too long now, she starts meowing very insistently. What can I say? I have a furry alarm clock.
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CraigW315 Premium
I miss having pets. That's something that would force me to get up and be a bit more active. If I had known that I would be off work for so long, we probably would have adopted a dog last year.

Whenever I am able to reach a point where I am earning a full-time salary online, I plan to have some pets. I just don't want to be in a situation where they are left home alone all day if I go back to work.
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Armlemt Premium
I can understand that.
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DebbieRose Premium
Well said. I really put visualization to the test. Everyday I do a virtual workout in my mind. I see myself going to the gym and I go through each exercise, each rep I use to do when I did work out. I very been in a wheelchair for 4 years and my muscle tone is still pretty good.....have to be ready for my miracle!
Debbie
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CraigW315 Premium
That's pretty amazing. I hope that miracle comes sooner rather than later! I have heard and even witnessed enough stories about amazing, unexpected recoveries to know that virtually anything can happen. Good for you, staying so positive!
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CarolMeador Premium
Hey, Craig, you keep that up, and I'll have to feature you as a guest dancer on my website, allballroomdancing.com! You've probably heard the expressinon "Dance like nobody's watching". Well, that's what you're doing. The Dude might be watching, but he won't laugh at you!

Good for you. I know I need to get more exercise as well. Used to go to Zumba class 3 times a week, but got out of the habit when my mother was sick. No excuse for not doing it now, though! It's great exercise and a lot of fun, and the neat thing is that you don't need a partner. Better have a talk with myself and get back to it.

Carol
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CraigW315 Premium
One of my old co-workers used to go to Zumba and loved it. I have to admit that I really don't know much about it. I'm not too sure how I would do in group settings. Lol
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accad Premium
Really true, the farmers are a proof of the cholesterol burning movements have no belly fats. Moving after eating reduces deposits of unwanted body weights and figures if that's the term.
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CraigW315 Premium
A number of articles that I have read recently have suggested that even just 2-5 minutes of activity per hour can reduce the effects of sitting all day. I don't think there's anyone who can't find 5 minutes to get up, stretch and walk around a bit.

I had a customer once in one of my old jobs who walked almost everywhere he needed to go. He walked every single day for at least an hour. When he told me he was 85, I couldn't believe it because I'd thought he was in his early- to mid-sixties

That's how I want to grow old!
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accad Premium
So let's walk, move after eating. Maybe have some things to do with standing 5-10 minutes after eating.
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NickV1 Premium
Great post thanks
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Swangirl Premium
What a positive, happy image Craig! I love this post! Good for you, exercise, a better outlook on life, conversations with the Dude, all wrapped into one.

I thought of another benefit for you too:
It will help warm you up when you are bundled up in the cold!

Jessica
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CraigW315 Premium
It seemed silly to me at first, but I am finding that it is actually quite nice. It really does get the energy flowing and puts you into a positive frame of mind. I guess it must release endorphins or something.

I think you are right about it also keeping you warm. We are keeping the house on the cool side these days, so that could be beneficial!
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Swangirl Premium
I remember you talking about the slippers and fuzzy pants and jacket! I understand. It was really cold in here too. I need to find slippers that are boxed up still since we moved!
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CraigW315 Premium
I may be slowly adapting to the change in weather. I have been able to shed the top layer (my housecoat) but still have a sweater on. Lol.

It's not all bad, though. I'm getting reacquainted with hot chocolate.

Also: Good memory!
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MKearns Premium
My physical therapy sessions help a LOT!
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CraigW315 Premium
Do you do that a few times a week? Do you have a daily routine?
I used to work with a woman who did physical therapy of some kind (I'm not sure what it was for) and she also felt it was very helpful. Her favourite thing, though, was actually visiting her chiropractor. She said she always came away from that feeling 10 years younger.
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MKearns Premium
Twice a week and it works wonders indeed!
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ElaineSmith1 Premium
I stick to walking and listening to music.. two left feet. Not that I dance bad. I literally trip over my OWN feet. Then the ambulance, EMTS, hospital..
Not a pretty picture. That is why I stick to walking everywhere. When I need to think I will just take off walking somewhere to sort things out. Seems to help me.

Tried and true

Elaine
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CraigW315 Premium
I can sympathise. I am definitely not the most graceful person you will ever meet. Sometimes I'll be "dancing" and even I will stop and wonder what the heck I'm trying to accomplish and start laughing.
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DEversley Premium
Exercise is a must in this business. Dangerous work.
David
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CraigW315 Premium
When I was younger, I was always very slim. Today, not so much. Ha ha.
I used to do Kyokushin karate, but when we moved from Montreal to where we live now, I stopped. My sons are in Jiu Jitsu and I have considered joining, but I don't have the money right now. Hopefully one day.
I'm also considering yoga because I'd like to regain some flexibility that I have lost.
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cbuffone Premium
Looking fwd to u posting a video.
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CraigW315 Premium
I just hope you're not holding your breath!
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Lazyblogger Premium
Most of my work on the computer is done standing and it really helps by using the Varidesk. Also going to the gym 4 times a week do wonders for me. Thank you for sharing, hope this helps.
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CraigW315 Premium
I think Jay actually had a site with standing desks, if I am not mistaken. I have actually thought about something like that, but I would need to keep moving. I wouldn't be able to simply stand still for long periods. I have done enough of that working cash registers at various jobs I've had. :)
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Nick-at-WA Premium
What a great idea! I'm going to dance from now on, thanks Craig.
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CraigW315 Premium
I know it sounds a bit silly, but it is actually pretty cool. It boosts your mood even if-- maybe especially if-- you can't dance.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I just have one request, Craig: PLEEEEEZE send me a video!!! No, not to laugh, to get...ah...training and make sure my form is correct (does that sound convincing?).
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CraigW315 Premium
You wanna watch me boogie-oogie-oogie till I just can't boogie no more?
ha ha!
At the moment, my dance moves are punctuated by bouts of wheezing and gasping, but, ok. :)
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Like I said...I want a video!!!
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MozMary Premium
LOL! once per hour WOOHOO - that's a very interesting visual for us all Craig, except we'll all join in and even things up a little here :D

let's see who the dogs knock over and sit on first!

btw it hurts just to look at the guy in that pic do that!
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CraigW315 Premium
That would be followed by a concussion for me. Ha ha!
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