There are active jobs that keep people moving and then there are those sedentary jobs that keep us pinned in front of a computer. The problem is that sitting all day is not good for the heart or the waistline. We also know, the bigger the waistline the worse for the heart.
It is recommended that we take 10,000 steps a day. But many office workers top out at less than half that. So ideas for adding step to your day:
- Have walking meetings.
- Use the restroom that is not closest to your desk.
- Park as far as you can from the entrance to your office. Or get off one or two stops earlier than you usually do.
- Try some nervous pacing while you talk on the phone.
- If you are going out to lunch, walk don’t drive. Choose a place that is about 10 minutes away on foot so you get some exercise.
If your office building, company, or school has a gym you should definitely take advantage of it. Plan on regular lunchtime workouts – you might find it easier to fit it in during work rather than before of after. Keep spare clothes in your desk for those moments when the “server is down” and you can slip away and workout.