7 Ways to Get More Walking into Your Work Day
ItΓÇÖs one of the simplest forms of exercise out there and yet most of us donΓÇÖt do enough of it. We take a look at some really easy ways to get more walking (and less sitting) into your working day in the office.
1. Park and stride
Ever wished you could walk to work? Just because your office isnΓÇÖt within strolling distance doesnΓÇÖt mean you canΓÇÖt ΓÇô after all, who made the rule that we have to park as close to the office door as possible?
Try this instead ΓÇô park a short distance from your office and walk the last ten or fifteen minutes. Even if you only do this once a week, itΓÇÖs an extra fifteen minutesΓÇÖ physical activity and an extra fifteen minutesΓÇÖ fresh air, instead of being cooped up in the car.
2. Get a treadmill desk
Being at your desk doesnΓÇÖt have to mean sitting down. These days, it doesnΓÇÖt have to mean standing still either, at least not if youΓÇÖve got a treadmill desk. Simply step on and get walking while you check emails and draft a PowerPoint presentation for your boss.
Need to convince the boss invest? Remind them that physical exercise boosts energy and concentration levels. Not to mention that improved fitness levels should mean less time off sick.
3. Host a walking meeting
ItΓÇÖs a well-known way to boost endorphins and a method for stimulating creative thinking thatΓÇÖs been used for centuries. So next time youΓÇÖve got a meeting, ask your colleagues ΓÇô or even clients ΓÇô to join you for a stroll round a local park or landscaped gardens.
Beats the boardroom any day ΓÇô and hopefully, the fresh air will lead to a less stale meeting and some more positive results.
4. Take the stairs
You probably donΓÇÖt even think about it ΓÇô every morning, you reach your office building and head straight for the lift. But before you press that button today, why not turn aside and take the stairs instead? It wonΓÇÖt take you too much longer ΓÇô and youΓÇÖll burn some extra calories en route to the office.
Five minutes of stair-walking will get you five minutes closer to your recommended thirty minutes of moderate physical activity each day.
5. Stroll the lunchtime away
If youΓÇÖre lucky enough to work in an office building surrounded by grounds, then youΓÇÖve got the perfect excuse for getting out and about at lunchtime to stretch your legs.
City-based instead? Why not indulge in a bit of urban walking ΓÇô it was good enough for Charles Dickens back in his day and is still popular with famous writers like Will Self today. You never know what ideas a stroll round your city might create.
Already enjoy a lunchtime stroll? Pick up the pace ΓÇô brisk walking is even better for your health.
6. Walk while you talk
Making a lengthy phone call? Use a mobile phone or get a headset so you can walk around while you talk.
DonΓÇÖt think itΓÇÖll make a difference? Look at it like this: just one fifteen-minute phone call each day will add up to one hour and twenty-five minutes of light physical activity a week.
7. Get a pedometer
ThereΓÇÖs nothing like seeing some improvement to spur your efforts on. Wear a pedometer throughout the work day to track your progress and see if you can increase the amount of steps you take each day. ItΓÇÖll help to motivate you even more.
What have we missed? How do you get more walking time into your working day?
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