Movement snacking

I love the concept of movement snacking. It’s arguably more important than any advice about HIIT regimes, bodyweight exercises and natural movement workouts.

Movement snacking simply means doing small dollops of movement and exercise whenever an opportunity presents itself in your day. No gyms, no special clothes or gear required.

Ideally we’d all walk or cycle to work, however there are countless other ways to add some movement into your daily routine. It can help to use specific triggers to get into the habit of regular movement snacking. For example:

  • Waiting for the kettle to boil – do 10 squats, 10 lunges, 10 press ups etc.
  • Waiting for your toast to pop-up – get on all fours and bear-crawl your way around the kitchen
  • Brushing your teeth – stay in a deep squat for the 2 minutes it takes to brush
  • Confronted with a lift or escalator? Run up the stairs instead.
  • Too far to walk or cycle to work? Drive part of the way and walk/ cycle the rest.