Easy Ways to Get Moving When You’re Stuck Inside – Rainy Day or not!

The occasional rainy day is a blessing – cozy up in a old t-shirt under a blanket with some hot tea and a good show or book, and not feel guilty about it. Trust me, I get it. However, a few of these in a row can make me feel extbedroomremely cooped up and dying to get outside. Especially now with gyms closed and not having access to a treadmill to “go for a walk”, it can be hard to feel motivated to get off the couch. If you’re OCD like me, you wonder how you can possibly get your 10k steps in (yes, I said it and worse, I mean it).

Whether you’re binge watching Netflix or Hulu or working from home (or un-apologetically both, like me), try fitting in these few easy ways to get your blood flowing and burn some extra calories.

1. March in place.

It seems silly, and yes I do it. Sometimes when I am watching some trash TV I will just continuously march in place and get lost in the Kardashians. Before I know it, I walked 1,000 steps. It’s a quick, easy, low-impact way to get moving and earn that extra serving of chips.

2. Arm circles.

Forwards and backwards, big or small, arm circles will improve your circulation and get your upper body moving. Sitting hunched over your desk for too long? Get up and do these for a few minutes at a time. Make it a goal to do them for 5 minutes every hour that you spend working.

3. Go the long way to the fridge.

I do this at work, and my coworkers laugh at me, but they also ask how I eat as much as I do and still look as fit as I am. One of the ways I manage is to not take the easy way out. I started implementing this at home since I now work from my bedroom. If I want to make a cup of tea, I go downstairs, fill the teapot, and come back upstairs until it boils. If I want a snack with it, I bring my tea back up to cool and then go back down for my food. It seems silly, but doing one task at a time and running back and forth creates that little extra calorie burn that keeps your heart rate up.

4. Use your 15 to fit in a quick body weight cardio workout.

You don’t necessarily have to work up a sweat, but getting moving for a quick cardio workout in your home office will make the day go by quicker and give you more energy to finish off strong. I like to do a few simple moves like marching in place, in circles, or in a bridge, pendulum lunges, boxing kicks or punches, and bicycle crunches. Set your timer for 15 minutes and just keep moving!

5. Use the time you would have spent commuting to create a little heat in your body.

Since we aren’t driving to and from work, that gives most of us an extra hour or more, depending on your commute, to get moving (and less time for us Angelinos to complain about traffic). If it’s not raining, I go for a walk before work. If it is, I bounce on my mini tramp or go for a quick spin on the elliptical. If I’m sore, I’ll find some kind of project, like cleaning my bathroom or dusting the house, that requires me to be a bit more active than just sleeping for an extra hour. Since I’m already in sweats, might as well!


The Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen

I’ve had a lot of people ask me about farmers markets as well. Is their produce organic? Is it safe to eat if they say it is not organic? My advice is to ask whoever is selling the produce if it is organic, and if not, ask if it is pesticide free. Many farms can not afford to buy the organic license year after year, which allows them to make that claim. Most farmers markets only have pesticide free growers selling there, so just make sure to clarify.

Have you guys seen this posting? It’s so helpful for me when I’m going to the grocery store and am picking out my fruits and veggies. It basically tells you which produce items you can buy conventionally, or non organic, and which you really should do all you can to buy organic. They update this every month, which helps you navigate which foods are becoming more contaminated as time goes on.

The reason we buy some fruits and vegetables organic is that over time, we have added pesticides and growth hormones to foods in farms to help them grow to maturity, or larger, without being eaten by wildlife. While I understand farmers need to make a living, it’s hurting our population and making the foods we think are healthy not so. These chemicals build up in our bodies over time and cause long term damage.

If you’re interested in the farming side of this, check out the Netflix documentary The Biggest Little Farm, where a Los Angeles couple buys a farm and goes back to the old way of farming, letting the land and animals feed and prosper off each other. It’s a perfect example of how biodiversity leads to prosperity.

I know it can be expensive to buy everything organic so I hope this guide helps you when picking and choosing what to buy organic and what you can slide by without.