Guest blogger JJ Virgin: More and more, I'm convinced that one day we're all just going to cease moving. Who needs legs when you're not using them? Kidding -- sort of. There are tons of reports on kids' lack of activity, but this isn't just a revolution that's happening to our kids -- it's happening to us as well! Remember: Your kids know what you are doing (and not doing). If you're not active, they're not going to be very active, either!
- Every day, take two five-minute breaks and walk around your building or outside. Not only will that get you moving, it will reenergize your mind -- trust me!
- Stand up and stretch at least once every hour.
- Walk to the break room to fill up a water bottle three times per day. (Hey, you've got to stay hydrated.)
- Talk your boss into replacing all of your desks with so-called "treadmill desks". It's been proven that fit employees are much more productive. (Decision makers will be interested in that little tidbit, guaranteed!)
- Once you get home from work, try to incorporate movement into activities you do with your children. (After all, they've been sitting at desks most of the day, too.) Teach them to be active by example!
- Cook with your kids. Not only will you be able to teach them about great nutrition, but you're also standing, cutting and chopping in the process.
- Teach and play old games. How fun were games like kick the can, flashlight tag and red light/green light?! Teach those games to the next generation!
- Adopt a family hobby. I don't care if it's rock collecting or tennis. Schedule family-hobby time each night! (Take a walk to look for that unique rock; head up to the neighborhood court ....)
- Encourage sports. Initially, you'll be the one to introduce them into your family's itinerary. Guess that means you'd better brush up on your hoops!