I'm busy. Very busy. And although I don't adhere to a strict schedule, my routine does not offer much free time at the moment for things like scheduled exercise. Rather than sit around and mourn for the lost movement time, I've decided to work towards putting what I do through an activity matrix, using four simple questions.
1. Can I do this activity while walking? Some activities that qualify: talking in person, talking on the phone, holding the baby, working on memorization with the boys.
2. If I can't do this activity walking, can I do this activity standing? Activities that qualify: Computer time, laundry, kitchen activities, reading (Erin).
3. If this activity can't be done walking or standing, can I do this activity sitting on the floor in a variety of postures? Activities that qualify: working on reading with Nathan, reading books to the boys, cuddling the baby, helping the baby practice her newest tricks, breastfeeding (sometimes).
4. If an activity can't be done walking, standing or sitting on the floor, can it be done in the most relaxing way possible to facilitate energy for movement at other times?
I'll be using these questions to try to amp up the movement levels in my everyday life, while still getting (almost) everything else done.