Help me move!

So, I need your help. You see, my body is telling me that I sit still too much, too long, when I get going on my computer, IPad or IPhone. It’s telling me to move, and I do, but not enough. Because I get caught up in the flow, of writing blog post after blog post, or writing documents for clients, or… whatever, which means I hardly move at all for hours on end!

This summer I got a crick in my neck and back just before heading to London for a weekend course, and then onto a family vacation. Bad timing let me tell you! I went to see a chiropractor and got help so it never got really bad.

I’ve been back to the chiropractor quite a few times since then, and early December felt that it was really getting better. However, you know how it is, Murphy’s Law immediately made sure I was wrong about that. So all through the holidays I’ve had a crick in my neck and back, not really bad, but always there.

I’ve moved a lot, swimming, doing my Seven-exercise every morning and so on, and that I think is the reason it never turned into a full blown torticollis (in Swedish: nackspärr). Privious years when I’ve had this problem I’ve just stopped moving altogether, because it hurts, and that I believe actually just makes it worse for me.

I went to see the chiropractor this week, and now it feels good again after a three week stint. I asked her why I have this recurring problem with my back and neck, and she said ”Well, who knows….” and then I realized: I know.

remember to moveThe week before it hit just prior to Christmas, I’d been sitting by my computer a lot, blogging, writing and whatever I get up to surfing the web, and I also had a short spell last weekend without any pain…. only to have it return over night because I spent a few hours by the computer that afternoon and night (and by few hours…. I’m guessing I’m actually saying like 5-6 hours, in the sofa, with my computer in my lap…).

So. Yeah. I know. I hear you body. I need to get a better work position when I work, not spend too long a time on my Ipad or IPhone to avoid text neck, and more than anything, I need to break my stance and shake it up at least once every the hour!

And that’s where I need your help. Because I forget to move!

So what’s the best way to give my self a reminder to shake it up, do some stretching, go get a glass of water or whatever, for a few minutes every hour? Do you have a favorite app for it, a website that helps, or do you just set a timer?


While on vacation in the UK, my brother who lives there, told us about the app/website Duolingo, which he’s using to refresh his French. Me and my daughter Alma downloaded the app, and I got started on German, and Alma on Spanish. We were hooked.

Then we came home, and my son was so eager to download the app onto the kids IPad that we barely got the luggage inside the front door before he had the IPad in hand, demanding help.

He started off with Italian, and man, it’s amazing to see. He asked me if I’d help him, and while I told him the truth that his Italian surely was way better than mine after a day with the language course, he crawled up beside me in the sofa. And while I couldn’t actually help him in any way, I could provide some moral support and also get totally amazed.



Then today he decided he wanted to learn German instead (after telling me and his father that he want’s to go to Germany for the fall break! Last year we did India, this year he want’s Germany.), so he switched language in the app and set off to gather points in the morning. I could hear the German phrases coming from the vicinity of the kitchen table, but then all of a sudden there was some Spanish as well… turns out my husband also got curious enough to download the app and start a Spanish course.

Have to say thanks to my brother for setting us all off on a wild dash for improved language-skills!

Being a glorious day, we all went to the deep sea swimming-place and were away all day, with my sons best friend tagging along as well. But when we got home, guess what happened? My son and his best friend curled up on the sofa, and immediately started to practice their German. AND their English, which is an added bonus!

We’re Swedish but the app works with English as the base language so here were these two 10-year old boys discussing German and English verbs, nouns, spelling, grammar, scoring points as they went along.

Absolutely fascinating to witness – talk about there being a lot of joy in learning! Or rather, there sure can be a lot of joy in learning. And that’s the way it should be, in my view. Do you agree or disagree with that?