Written by
Jason Rasnake

I’ve always been an active, healthy person so getting up and moving has never really been a problem for me, UNTIL I became a father. You’re probably thinking, that having kids would have the opposite effect and keep me motivated to stay in shape. Honestly, I had the same thought, but that just wasn’t the case. The truth is that having kids really is a huge adjustment in time management and personal schedules. That reason alone was enough to throw me off my consistent gym schedule and send me on a year hiatus from working out. During that time of embracing the dad bod, I noticed that my energy levels dropped tremendously. I HAD to do something.

Although I’m not a New Year’s resolution guy, it just seemed to line up with my new plan of working out before work. YEP, getting up at 6:30 A.M. was the only way I could have a consistent schedule and hit the gym.  Working out after work just wasn’t an option anymore with 2 babies. It was tough at first, but I was tired of feeling drained all the time. Now that I’m 3 weeks into it, I’ve really seen a massive increase in energy and it’s having positive effects on all aspects on my life. I have more energy at work and I have more energy in the evening when I’m with my family.

In today’s day and age, getting up and moving is more important than ever.  According to a recent survey by Ergotron. The majority of Americans, (86%) of us live a sedentary lifestyle. That means we are sitting for more than 13 hours a day. We are sleeping for an average of 8 hours a day, so we are only up and moving for 3 hours a day. According to this survey, only 31% of us go to the gym. To me, that’s a whole lot of people that could benefit from the extra energy that getting up and moving can create for us. 

Who doesn’t want more energy? With the surge of energy drink sales and the ever flowing well of coffee, It’s evident that people want to feel alert and energized. The human body is amazing and if you get up and move, you will see a huge increase in energy, without the need of supplements. 

It may sound counterintuitive, but it actually works. I’ve experienced it first hand and there’s a ton of data and research that backs up the fact that energy is gained through being more active. 

You don’t have to start at the gym, however, there are many ways to become more active. Here’s a fun idea that I’ve been doing with my kids that gets the heart rate up and MOVING in the right direction. Dancing. Throw some music on when you get home from work and as Lionel Richie sings, “Yeah, once you get started you can’t sit down, Come join the fun, it’s a merry-go-round, everyone’s dancing their troubles away, Come join our party, see how we play” 

If you’re tired and your energy levels are low, get up and move and have fun with it! Life is too short to surf the couch! 

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