Sneak more steps into your work day
No time for a long walk or workout? Try one of these quick energy boosters.
posted March 31, 2017
Whether you’re chained to your work station, trapped in a meeting, or stuck behind the wheel, it’s often hard to get up and move during the work day.
Experts recommend getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week. If that sounds like a lot, try dividing the time into shorter segments (ideally, 10 to 15 minutes each). You can still reap the benefits of a healthier heart, higher energy levels, and improved concentration.
Here are some easy ways to get started:
- Change your appointment from conference room to sidewalk. Make it a walking meeting.
- Set calendar reminders to take quick walking breaks when working on long projects.
- When nature calls, take the long way to the restroom—on the top floor.
- Time for lunch? Avoid the drive-thru and walk inside to order at the counter. Better yet, brown bag and go for a walk in the park.
- If you drive for a living, take advantage of breaks to walk briskly around your vehicle several times a day.
- Even when the enviable close parking spot is open, park further away.
- Take a neighborhood stroll after a long workday. It can help you decompress and organize your thoughts.