Here is a list of ideas that are helping us transition from a sedentary family to a more active one.
These ideas may not be suitable to everyone, so feel free to pick and mix: INDOORS
Making the house a barefoot zone
Owning a small fridge (must squat low to put things in it and out again and it needs replenishing every day, which means shopping every day, which means walking to the shops every day!)
Removing the sofa from the main living area, replacing it with a rug and some floor cushions
Limiting screen time (TV, ipod, computer) for leisure
If using screens, changing position regularly, making sure the position is comfortable and provides good variety, such as standing while working at the computer, while stretching one calf or release the plantar fascia on a tennis ball, watching TV while doing a crescent stretch or psoas release, sitting cross-legged, then with legs straight, followed by to one side, then the other, squatting, etc. The more the better!
Getting rid of our bed and sleeping on a futon that gets rolled away during the day
Sleeping on flatter and flatter pillows and recently without
Hanging our washing outside to dry
Having indoor picnics
Playing board games on the floor
Making meals from scratch, squatting or sitting on the floor for vegetable peeling duties
Encouraging the children to bake with little or no help (muffins, cake, pancakes, etc.). This book is great!
Home educating with more standing, moving and floor sitting
Growing edible herbs and plants (chillis, basil, oregano)
Having one car and only using it when absolutely necessary (it took a while to get to that point!)
Walking everywhere that can be walked to in under 45 minutes
Carrying our shopping in a basket rather than pushing a trolley and carrying it back to our house in a bag or rucksack
Exploring local woods, climbing trees, balancing on fallen logs
Parking as far away from the house as possible.
Tidying up the communal areas – cutting the grass, raking leaves, etc.
Getting the children to walk to football training and matches and walking all or part of the way back
Doing regular litter picking in our surrounding area (within 30 minutes, although sometimes just walking 10 minutes, we manage to fill a whole bag!)
Taking our elderly neighbour's bins out on a regular basis
Growing some fruit and herbs (apples, pears, rhubarb, thyme, mint)
Doing paper work outside - better light, fresh air, nice change!
Holidays mean barefoot walking, swimming, exploring, climbing!
If you have any more ideas to add to the list, feel free to comment.
Mum of 4, nature lover, passionate about the power of human movement.
I love helping people walk more often and over greater distances more comfortably, enjoying the natural world. I love helping people feel better generally.
I wish to apply this quote to my blog: "My suggestion is that you taste the message, savo(u)r what is right for you, and spit out the rest ; after all, that is the law of the universe". Source: Mutant message down under, Marlo Morgan.