A Day In YOUR Life
A movement-rich life can take many forms. Here are some examples of how others get it done in their lives. We always love seeing how you’ve been inspired to move more–use the hashtag #stackyourlife on social media so we can see how you’re getting it done!
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“Hello! My name is Melanie and I am a 31 year old New Jersey native who wound up living (and loving) Bismarck, North Dakota. As a nurse, I strive to share my passion for holistic health with my patients. When I am not at work you will find me hiking, cooking, gardening, reading, doing yoga, or walking all over town. I live in the heart of the city where I can get everywhere by foot – in sandals, boots, snowshoes or bare feet!” Find Melanie at MelanieCarrot
As a chemotherapy infusion nurse, I am lucky enough to have a naturally dynamic work place that requires a lot of movement throughout my day. I squat, stand, bend, reach, walk, and lift all day long. I focus on good alignment and I try to vary my movement choices to avoid repetition. I find giving injections a great opportunity to get down into a deep squatting position instead of always opting to sit on a stool. I walk to and from work every day come rain, shine, or chilling North Dakota cold temperatures. Instead of always buying food that is prepared and ready to use, I try to find ways to process things by hand when I can. Grinding my own spices not only adds a new layer of movement to my day, it also adds a fresher flavor profile to a meal. I opt to sit on the floor as much as possible instead of always going for the couch or a chair. On the floor I can sit in different positions and stretch out my body while supporting my own weight. I created a rock mat for standing on while I am in front of the stove to give my feet some challenging variety in texture. I spend a lot of time cooking and the rocks allows me to stack my movement.
“My name is Zayd Jawad and I believe that the key to getting healthier is to do it for a greater purpose. If I can move better, no matter how hard it is, I become stronger, and the stronger I become the more I can help others and the more I can live as an inspiration.” Find Zayd at VitalSignificance.com
Even though there is furniture around, the better choice for me is to relax on the floor. Inside or out this provides me with constant mobility and peace throughout the day. No matter where we are, if we think outside the box we can find opportunities to move naturally. While in a parking lot, I can train my balance too! Movement, if only a single step up on a bench, is not only an action we take but a metaphor for life. We should always take the steps to rise higher in life. That is what it is all about. As a guy that’s had back problems, learning to keep it straight while bending not only feels good, but helps me do the work and reap the harvest that I love. Although elevators are usually available it’s always better for me to take the stairs. This attitude is important in fitness and in life. Sometimes the harder choice is the most beneficial!
Walt S: Loading the wood stove. Lots of bending down, so I try to squat and switch knees each time I do. Jennifer K: I have developed and currently make and sell a skin care line that started with the product shown. It is a diaper rash salve that has been used on all 3 of my grandkids rear ends. They are as clean as I can possibly make them knowing our skin is our largest organ and an infant is not a miniature adult. Katie G.: My eleven year old, who is homeschooled but attends a part time cottage school program, has a lot of homework on Mondays. He can find some pretty creative positions to get into and after attending a Move Your DNA workshop together over the weekend, he decided to try the passive prone hip extension for working on his writing homework today. He actually did. I’m not putting this on. You can ask our workshop instructors! Gwendoline S.: I have done handstands since I was a little girl and my challenge for life is to be able to stand on my hands till the end of my life! I aspire to being an old lady still able to do a handstand for some seconds! To achieve that goal, I practice it everywhere, as long and as much as I can! Marlon C.: Depending on the feedback I get from my body I will move/stack/unstack my risers every 5-15 minutes. Pat S: Getting down low so why not squat to get the job done. Gretchan J.: I also love to squat on the floor to cut out fabric, using the straight edges of the boards as a measure. The hardwood floor allows me to cut precisely, and to really get above the cut. It’s nice to have a huge space to layout big pieces of fabric as well and I’ve gotten a good stretch while I’m down there. Tanya G: Standing to put my socks on is another super easy way I’ve got more movement into my world. It takes a little more time (& a lot more patience) at first, especially if you transition to toe socks at the same time... but it quickly gets easier and gives me a super lower body workout whilst saving time waiting for the bottom (sit-here-to-put-your-socks-on) step to be free! Briana M.: Living on a big property comes with a lot more maintenance tasks, which means a lot more opportunities for movement. This last winter we had a huge ice storm which brought down tons of branches and trees. Lately I’ve been trading my afternoon walks for afternoon wood carries. Jessica C: We live on the side of a mountain and walk up a big hill to our church once a week. I would love to carry my toddler in my arms, but she is at the squirming, fighting, wanting to walk phase and there are too many cars for that to be safe. So she goes into the backpack and her sister walks beside me. On days that we manage to get out to a longer uphill hike, the process usually ends up looking like this. Hollie B.: Our water collection bottle, is heavy enough to be a small load, yet light enough for the children to contribute as well. Sometimes water collection will happen with the milk jugs (in background), and I am constantly carrying water around the garden to hand water baby plants. Martina N.: Here’s our favourite monkey bar - custom-made so it would fit the room and so we could all use it. It’s highly configurable here you see the maximum height - high enough even for a 6.2 guy to do some hanging. Katy M: I RESIST fascist household technology that won’t allow my hips their full range of motion! I BREAK (or gently remove because this is a rental house and it’s not mine) the dustpan handle and SQUAT to sweep! Also: for more movement you can make lots of little piles of dirt all over the floor and then squat-walk to each one to sweep it up. Try it! It’s fun! Sheila H: By walking I can slow down and appreciate our lovely downtown. On the return trip toward home I begin feeling the happy rhythm of walking and inevitably the cares of the day melt away. Linda R.: Squat breathing while polishing the floor. In this position I can get my back ribs to expand easier and get more diaphragm movement. Gail C.: I do my morning study and meditation on the floor now. Tracey T: Every meal that involves grilling or baking starts with me lifting up the HEAVY cast iron Weber electric grill and carrying it through the kitchen and living room to the cart by the front door.
Then once outside and plugged in all the food flipping and general poking is done while squatting. (edited) Sandy C: There’s always something to do around here. Watering the house plants is a daily chore.
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Want to see how Katy gets more movement into her day? Check out her Day In The Life!