5 Signs You’re Not Moving Enough

If you aren’t moving enough throughout your day, your body will let you know. Here are the signs to be on the lookout for.

Working a 9 to 5 job can provide challenges when it comes to your healthy lifestyle. If you want to workout you have few options throughout the day to get this completed. This includes morning, your lunch hour, or in the evening. On top of that, if you are working from home this can add to the list of different challenges to your day. Without the movement in your morning commute including getting your coffee, using the restroom across the office, walking from your car to your desk, your activity is lacking at home. More of the pressure is put on you to make sure movement happens throughout the day. This has a significant impact on our bodies.

If you have a busy lifestyle, there are many tools and tricks to build wellness into your daily routine. Here are 5 signs that you may need more movement throughout your day.

1. You experience muscle tightness

If you find yourself uncomfortable when you do everyday movements, such as picking something up from the ground, it’s important to show your body some love. Try to incorporate 5-10 minutes of stretching into your daily routine. Making sure to stretch before and after high intensity workouts is important as well.

Your muscles act similar to rubber bands. The more you stretch them the more flexible they are. When you don’t move them as often they tighten up and become shorter. When this occurs, it may make everyday movement uncomfortable and somewhat challenging.

2. You get winded easily

If you notice that when you’re walking around the office or climbing stairs, that you get winded easily it’s a sign that you could benefit from more cardio in your routine. This occurs due to your lungs and heart not being used to pumping at a rate above a sedentary level. When you go into higher level activities such as walking up a hill you go into overdrive. Keeping your body in shape and consistently active is the best remedy for a tired lungs and heart.

3. Your joints are stiff

When you aren’t exercising often, the fluid in your joints begins to slow down and your joints take the most of it. This fluid is around your shoulders, knees, and ankles providing a lubricant to these joints. This may explain the slow movement in the morning when you just wake up. Walking more during your day helps get the fluid flowing normally once again.

4. You’re in an off mood

If you’re ever in a bad or sad mood, a workout might just be what you need to relax and feel better. Regular and consistent activity releases more “happy hormones” or endorphins into the body. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body that make you feel more at ease and overall happier.

Of course, activity is not going to cure this for everyone, but it is a simple and easy way to try and combat this mood. If you have no other motivators to get you to the gym, endorphins may just be the incentive that will get you there.

If you want more information on the mental health benefits of working out, view this article.

5. You’re constipated

If your bowels are backed up it may be due to not getting enough activity in, or it can be because of your lack of water intake or fiber intake. To get things moving like it should, be sure to move daily. One way to incorporate this into your day is by walking over your lunch break, or stretch a few times at your desk throughout the day. Your body will definitely thank you!

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