WPG Health Update: Build Activity Into Your Workday With These 10 Steps
The American Heart Association suggests that we get at least 75 minutes of vigorous exercise or 150 minutes of low-level exercise every week.
You are probably thinking that is a lot of time to build in when we spend a good deal of our week working. Actually if you break that time down and know simple ways to incorporate activity into your busy workday, it is easier than you might think. All you need is 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
Here are 10 ways to achieve those 30 minutes at work:
Move essential items away from your desk to force yourself to get up.
Instead of calling or emailing a colleague, walk to their desk.
When going to the restroom, take the stairs to a facility on a different floor.
Include resistance bands for foot curls & arm stretches to your desk tasks.
Always use the stairs instead of the elevator.
Stretch your neck & shoulders often & if you are standing in line bend your knees for flexibility.
For meetings longer than 90 minutes, take a 5 minute stretch break at the midpoint.
Park your car further from the building & get off a few blocks before your stop to walk the rest if you take public transit.
Download apps that encourage you to be active.
Instead of sitting all day, try to stand up while you are working at least every hour.