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Opportunities to Move
#145

Look for OTMs and Their Super-fit Cousin OTWs

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Continuing our movement-is-good for you theme, let’s talk about how Michelle Segar looks at this.

You may recall that Michelle is one of the world’s leading researchers on the science of actually DOING the things you know are good for you.

In her book No Sweat she tells us that we need to find “opportunities to move” throughout the day. Her clients like to shorten that to OTMs.

OTMs.

Opportunities to Move.

Little things. They exist all day, every day. And, if we want to make our TRILLIONS (!) of cells happy so we can shine with a deeper level of radiant, energized enthusiasm, we’d be wise to look for more OTMs throughout our day.

Simple stuff.

So mundane, unsexy and seemingly unimportant that we can easily overlook them.

You know, like parking as far away from the store (or gym or whatever) as possible so you get a few more steps in. Or, even better, just walking to the store and leaving your car at home.

Or, once you’re in the store, using a hand-held shopping basket rather than a cart. Tiny little opportunities to move more = good.

Or…

If you really want to go all in and be like one of the 100 Fittest People of All Time like Dean Karnazes, you can go from finding Opportunities to MOVE all day to basically working out all day every day.

In our interview, The Ultramarathon Man Dean told me that’s how he likes to roll. Apparently, right before our chat he banged out a quick (12- or 14-min) high intensity interval training workout. And, he planned to do another mini-workout right after our chat. Simple sequence of burpees, pull-ups and sit-ups.

All day. Every day.

That focus on moving his body has allowed him to do the seemingly impossible like run 350 miles at once and run 50 marathons in 50 US states in 50 days. (Wow.)

So, Today’s +1:

Whether you’re looking for Opportunities to Move (OTMs!!) or Opportunities to Workout (OTWs!!), let’s move a little more today.

And tomorrow.

And the day after that…

+1. +1. +1.