chapter 2: Active All Day

I spend most of my day seated, working in front of a computer. The majority of my physical activity happens after the work day is over, meaning that for the first 10+ hours of the day, I am basically sedentary….not good!

I have started using cumulative activity as a simple and quick way to incorporate “bonus” exercise into my day, and to keep me energized and moving all day long.

It’s amazing how fast these quick bouts of movement add up! Here’s what I did today:

8am – 8 Squats

9am – 9 Jumping Jacks

10am – 10 Burpees

11am – 11 Push-ups

12pm – 12 Mountain Climbers

1pm – 13 Bridges

2pm – 14 Plank Bird Dogs

3pm – 15 V-ups

4pm – 16 Superman Extensions

5pm – 17 Wide-legged Squats

In total, by the end of my work day I will have completed 125 reps! This activity isn’t intended to replace my usual workouts in the afternoon, but I’m amazed at the BIG energy boost I get from such a simple addition to my day.

Try it out:

Pick two or more bodyweight exercises, and rotate through them as the day progresses. Setting an hourly timer is a helpful reminder.

For a greater challenge, start earlier or finish later in the day.

How did you feel at the end of they day? Did you complete all sets?