Hello SOTGC community,
Have you read Strengths Finder 2.0? It’s written by NY Times best selling author Tom Rath. While many may know Achiever, Futuristic, and Relator from Rath’s work, what you may not know is that he’s had cancer for 20 years.
I recently read an article on Forbes.com that quoted Rath as saying, “Sitting is the most underrated health-threat of modern time.” This couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I (1) noticed a huge decline in my personal energy levels, especially thanks to a break from my exercise routine (courtesy of the holidays) and, (2) I had recently been introduced to the mission and work of a female duo dedicating their life’s purpose to help women ditch their desks to get outside for some fresh air and sun via the community and hashtag #GirlGetOutside. Besides, how many of us personally declare “workaholic” or “determined to get the job done” as our strengths? Admirable, YES. However, we often sacrifice some personal priorities, aka self care and unplugging, to achieve big things. We’re also aware, conscious, and into collaboration+community, which is why I love the #GirlGetOutside movement.
The #GirlGetOutside founders are Lacey and Marissa, two California-based yogis, surfers, and close friends. Using just a hashtag, they’ve been able to launch a movement, a blog, and brand-ambassador initiative to encourage women around the world to get outside
To help Stilettos On The Glass Ceiling readers get outside, I asked Lacey and Marissa for some tips and tricks regarding different climates, cities, and schedules. Here’s what they had to say.
- Put your phone on airplane mode. To be safe (and to take your #GirlGetOutside selfie), it’s a smart idea to have your phone with you when you go for a walk or a run. However, the purpose of enjoying outdoor activities is to give your mind a rest, to take in nature, and to slow down a little. Constant emails, texts, and calls may negate all of the above, so when you step outside to enjoy mother nature, be it for 15 minutes or 50 minutes, Lacey and Marissa suggest you to put your phone on airplane mode. You’ll have it on you—in case of an emergency—but you won’t be distracted by it’s buzzing and ringing.
- Don’t let the weather hold you back. If you search the #GirlGetOutside hashtag, you’ll see just as many women enjoying the snow as you will the surf and sun. Yoga on the beach isn’t the only option for outdoor activity. Of course, there’s running, hiking, and biking, but you can also enjoy boating or rock climbing or snowshoeing. Colder and cooler weather may lessen the time you spend outside, depending upon the season, but even 15-20 minutes will do the trick. Marissa and Lacey say the point is to go from sitting to standing to ultimately some form of outdoor activity.
- Read a book, treat yourself to a picnic lunch or meditate too. Not all outdoor activity has to be physical. For the purposes of what Tom Rath is talking about, YES, get up and move since we spend the majority of our day sitting with a computer in front of us. However, there isn’t one way to benefit from the outdoors. You can take a thirty-minute book break outside, treat yourself to a picnic lunch or dinner outside or, bring that phone and your headspace app and meditate outside. You’ll get vitamin D, a reason to step away from the desk and move, not to mention the soothing sights and sounds of nature.
Need a little encouragement, inspiration or accountability? Just search the hashtag #GirlGetOutside on Instagram, check out Lacey and Marissa’s blog http://girlgetoutside.com/ then hop, skip, run, or row to your next outdoor activity. Personally, I’m about to lace up the running shoes myself ladies, look for my #GirlGetOutside pic on Insta.