Dancing with the Dude
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.