Keep Moving- A tool for motivation and energy
Part One

The Chain Reaction
If you sit at a desk or are generally in one location throughout the course of the day, break it up! Every hour get out of your chair and move around, shake it baby, shake it! The progression looks a little like this: you sit for a long time in one spot, the blood pools to your lower body, your muscles stiffen around your joints, your low back fatigues, and shoulders roll forward causing the muscles in between the shoulder blades to overstretch/weaken, resulting in the tightening of your chest/pectoral muscles. All of that leads to neck, shoulder, wrist and back pain!

It is like the Jenga game where all the blocks are stacked in alignment one on top of the other. Piece by piece you pull out blocks to see how long it will stay standing. The remaining blocks can compensate for a while, holding the extra pressure, but eventually the Jenga pile falls apart and so does your body.

Shake It Up Baby!
Here’s where you get into action. Use any or all of the following recommendations to get moving or make up your own and send them to me!

1. If you use Outlook or Outlook Express on your computer, put in the planner for 6 am Monday to “breathe” or “stretch”. First thing in the morning it will pop up to remind you, you breathe or stretch, then postpone 1 hour and an hour later it reminds you again! Repeat through the week. You can plan “go for a walk” or “stretch” at other times of the day as well.

2. If you use a day planner write in similar reminders or put a Post-It note on the page so every time you look at the day you are reminded to get into motion. You could also use little bright dot stickers that you put in various times and use that to symbolize specific things- green sticker is to go outside for 5 minutes, red is to stand up and stretch, yellow is to do neck rolls… you get the idea. Notice where you get tight and choose an appropriate action.

3. Plan a walk with a friend. Often times we will “show up” if others are counting on us. Schedule a daily walk before or after work with a friend or use your lunch break to take a walk. During one Portland, OR winter I had a lunch buddy. We would zip to the bathroom, change from stockings and skirts to athletic gear and go for a 20-30minute power walk. There was no shower but we felt so great that we didn’t care. We found a way to make it work and our afternoons were incredibly productive!

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About Robin:

Robin Peglow Berg of is a Life Fulfillment Strategist --a consultant, coach and speaker devoted to guiding others to have the courage to live a fulfilling life with soul.

She shows highly driven, successful women entrepreneurs and biz leaders how to create a new model for success that is energizing, deeply meaningful and helps them to thrive no matter what. She applies 10 years of coaching, consulting and speaking to craft strategic programs for long term success.