Movement Break Ideas

After realizing I needed more movement in my day, I began to look at ways I could move more and sit less.  Since I already incorporate Pomodoros into my day,  I thought I might try to re-visit the idea of 5-minute exercise breaks distributed throughout the day.  One of my biggest hurdles is motivating myself to do the exercise breaks, so creative solutions are always welcome.

Occasionally, I will go to Obstacle Course Training. About a year ago, one of the trainers introduced me to Sally.  Sally is not a person, but a training technique.  “Bring Sally Up” by Moby and Trevor Rabin is the ideal song for a short but challenging movement break.  You can do this with just about any move that goes up and down (abs, pushups, wall sits, even stepping), but I’ll put this video here for an example. 

Remember: I’m just putting these up here as ideas. Consult a doctor, PT, or trainer for specific advice, and follow theirs if it contradicts mine.  

Catchy tune, isn’t it?  It doesn’t hurt that I am a huge prog rock fan and love Trevor Rabin’s contributions to Yes. 

Here is a stretch video that might be nice after grading that “what was I thinking when I assigned THIS” set of papers.

Last but certainly not least, if you are looking for something intense and you aren’t afraid to face-plant, here is a 5-minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training, not to be confused with Super High Intensity Training). This one I have not tried, but it does not look like it is for the faint of heart.

If you give one or all of these a try, I’d love to hear your feedback!  Have a great weekend – and take some time for you!


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