I woke up this morning realizing that I had a busy day ahead. It's back to school soon for my kids, and today is the day to do back to school shopping. Then there will be dinner, and I teach tonight (Beginner Yoga at 7:30pm — join us if you can!).
I got up, and left the house, by myself, with my headphones on, and Katy and Dani talking to me. I headed up to Milkmen's Lane, and at the halfway point, I stopped and did my pushups. Bam! When I'm finished here, I'm heading out with my girls. We're going to get the back to school shopping done, and we'll have some girl-time together. We'll most likely walk most of the day (more movement time), and I'll get groceries while we're out for dinner.
It's not my idea, and it's not a new idea. Katy Bowman calls it Stacking, doing multiple things at once so that you have more time in the day. I want to be alone, in nature, and get my 5k in. That's 3 hours of stuff, but I did it all in 1 hour. I need to get shopping done, want to spend time with my girls, and get them moving too—not three separate activities, but accomplished all at once.
What other things can you do at the same time? Standing meditation while waiting in line at the grocery store. Stretching while waiting for the bus. Walking or biking as a mode of transportation. Community dinners turn meal times into social activities. Gardening is movement and food procurement. Reading to your kids is literary education and family time. And if you're stacking activities in your day, there's less chance that you'll get caught up in the endless hours of social media (guilty!), or ever be able to say that you are bored and don't know what to do next.
Love and light, Jennifer