When you're working an office job, it can be a bit of a challenge to get enough physical activity in. After all, there's only so much you can do after work and on the weekend to balance out all the sitting you do at work. The key then is to make an effort to move more during your workday. Here are five easy and simple ways to do just that.
One of the easiest things you can do is to simply take breaks throughout the day and move around. Use them to walk to the break room, to walk over to a coworker's desk, or just stroll around the office building while figuring out the best way to tackle your latest work project. Here's another idea. Make it a habit to walk around during phone calls. There's no reason to sit at your desk while you talk. Stand up, grab the phone, and stroll through our office. Not only does it help you move more and sit less, you'll sound more energized and enthusiastic to the person on the other end. Give it a try.
You don't have to wait until you get to your desk to make an effort to move more. Start your day by parking a little further away and walking into the office building. Once there, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Taking a few extra steps here and there may not seem like much, but all those little steps add up and they add up quickly.
Another great strategy is to go for a short walk during your lunch break. If you bring your own lunch, it will leave you with plenty of time to head out to a local park, or a quick walk around the block. Not only will this help you boost your daily activity, walking at lunch time will also leave you energized and ready to tackle the rest of your workday.
If you're feeling really adventurous, consider taking walking meetings. Instead of sitting across a desk from your client or colleague, suggest the two of you take a short walk while you talk things over. There's a long tradition of these types of meetings. They can be both pleasant and productive.
As you can see, you can make some small tweaks and changes to your workday that allow you to move more. If you're curious to see how much more you end up walking, put on a pedometer and start keeping track of your daily steps.