Movement Tips: Week 10

Posted on March 24th, 2014 by Seth Nickinson

For the last of our 10 weeks of tips we take the fun level up a notch, with music, games, and one creative challenge!

Don’t Skip the Beats – Research has shown that people exercise harder and longer when they listen to music, So cue up your favorite tunes for your exercise time. Put together a good 30 minute playlist, or however long you want, and work out for the whole length. For inspiration, try these 100 great workout songs in 10 different styles, these “100 Best Workout Songs in the World” from Fitness on Spotify, or these top 100 workout songs of 2013 with iTunes links.

Choose the Stairs – and the Skyscraper Challenge. In one minute, a 150 pound person burns approximately 10 calories walking up stairs and only 1.5 calories riding an elevator. So if your building has an elevator, take the stairs instead. Do it every time you have to go to a meeting, go to your car, or take a lunch break. That blood pumping is good for your stress level and your body. Maybe it’s time to take the “skyscraper challenge” (example from Texas) by yourself or with friends. Track your walking for a week or two, and be the first to scale California’s tallest buildings or the tallest buildings in the world. If you are really bold, you could do an actual skyscraper challenge, like this one up the Empire State Building!

Play a childhood game – What games did you play as a child? Capture the flag? Kick the can? Red Rover. A simple version of tag? Get a few friends together and give it a try – it will be the most fun you’ve had in a while! Ideas and the basics of 30 games here.