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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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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