If you have a job that keeps you at your desk for long hours each day, it might be hard to find ways to stay active.
Recent studies have shown the dangers of sitting for long periods of time.
Try some of these tips to help you achieve your daily 10,000 steps!
1) Take the stairs – You may have heard this one a few times before, but you still see the majority of people choosing to wait for the elevator rather than climbing steps. Even if your office is on the 10th floor, work your way up to climbing all 10 flights! Stair climbing is a great cardiac exercise.
2) Take the long way – Whether it’s to the printer, photo copier, supervisor’s office, restroom or your favorite coffee shop down the street, take a route that will require a few extra steps. Perhaps you can use an alternative entrance to your building or utilize a printer that is down the hall instead of next door.
Those extra steps will add up and the time away from your computer is a great rest for your eyes.
3) When taking public transportation, get off one stop early or one stop late. Many of the local lines have frequent stops so if you find that you have extra time in the morning or afternoon, use those free minutes wisely and walk the extra few blocks!
4) Go see your coworkers – If you have a question or concern, why not pay your colleague a visit in his or her workspace instead of picking up the phone or composing an email?
5) Meet while you walk – If you’re having a one-on-one meeting, invite your colleague to take a walk with you instead of sitting down in an office or conference room.
The change of scenery eliminates distractions and will help to clear your mind, making you more productive!
7) Walk after meals – Use the remainder of your lunch break to take a walk, even if it’s just for 5 minutes. You’ll feel less lethargic when you return to your desk and walking after eating eases digestion.
6) Avoid being lazy – Walk the grocery cart the whole way back to the store entrance, take that pair of shoes to your bedroom instead of leaving them at the door, walk around your house while talking on the phone and walk to your mailbox every day!
Things that we simply “let go” until tomorrow can turn into increased activity.
7) Play outside – While you may send your pets or children outside to play, why not join them? Even if it’s for 10 or 15 minutes, it may give you the energy boost you need to make a homemade dinner or pay the bills.
8) When you play a round of golf, choose to walk instead of ride. Walking is good for your health and the health of the course. Research shows that four hours of playing golf while walking is comparable to a 45-minute fitness class.
If 18 holes is too much, try walking 9 and riding 9. This will also help those with knee and/or back pain.
Some days will allow for more time than others to be active. The important thing is to take advantage of those days and do what you can! Start with small milestones and see how you can add on from there.
We suggest investing in a pedometer or Fitbit to track your progress.
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Post by: Shelley W.