Which Movement Type are You?

In our second post focusing on movement at work we want you to think more about your ‘movement type’. What we mean by that is, looking at your entire life, inside and outside of work, how much do you move generally including intentional workouts and non intentional activity which keeps the body moving? For instance, do you work out in the mornings but then stay glued to your office chair all day? Or are you not managing to get a regular daily workout in but you are constantly moving around at work?  We would traditionally think that only those who regularly workout at the gym or do some form of regular exercise are looking after the health and well-being, but following on from our last post on the dangers of sitting, research is now telling us that a workout is not enough and that regular movement during the day has a significant impact on our well-being, vitality and productivity.  We love this ‘movement type’ categorisation by the fab folks at Motion Infusion in the USA. Have a look at it and ask yourself which movement type are you?  Non-exercise physical activity refers to the activity we do during the day which isn’t an intentional workout of any kind. Exercise physical activity refers to any intentional physical activity we do on a regular basis.

movement type diagram



If you are a Coffee Shop Carl, we suggest that you not only start moving around more in the office but get moving outside of work too with some intentional physical activity.  Wendy types – you are doing pretty good but you also need to get up off your office chair more regularly and / or take the time to stretch out in the office.  Always Running Andy types the good news is you are doing great, keep up the good work.  Last but not least, Fidgety Fran types, you are doing great in terms of keeping your body moving during the day and the value of this can’t be underemphasized. Fran types just need to add in some more regular movement outside of the office so that you are including some intentional physical exercise into your week as well as all the non intentional physical activity you already do.

In part 3 of our campaign to get you moving more we will focus on what happens to your back, neck and shoulders when you are sat on your behind for a long time and provide you with stretches to do at your desk to keep the spine moving and reducing stress.