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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

Six ways to sneak more steps into your day.

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.