Stay Active at Work
To achieve good health, experts often recommended walking at least 10,000 steps a day. For those of us who work in inactive office jobs, this can sometimes seem like a daunting task.
A growing body of research shows us just how important it is to combat inactivity. Long periods of sitting are said to lead to increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer! The World Health Organisation even listed inactivity as the fourth biggest risk factor for global adult mortality, that’s not an ideal statistic.
But it’s not all doom and gloom as there are plenty of ways you can be more active in the workplace. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Walk Or Ride On Your Commute
If you can bike or walk to work, this can be an excellent way to fit more activity into your day – and you’ll arrive feeling fresh and energised, with a clear mind.
Of course, not everyone lives close enough for this to be a realistic option, but you can still find ways to make at least part of your trip more active such as getting off the tram a few stops early and walking, or even park your car a kilometre or two away. Try a few different things and see what is the most fun for you.
Do The Coffee Run
Go out and get your coffee or tea instead of letting someone else pick one up for you. Even better, you could make it a challenge to try a new place each day for a week, instead of always going for the closest option. Taking a stroll is a quick and easy way to relax and get in some more physical activity.
Wear Comfortable Clothes And Shoes
Studies have shown that when you wear comfortable clothes and shoes to work you are more likely to be more active. It makes perfect sense – taking the stairs looks a lot less appealing when you’re in towering high heels or a stiff suit.
Even if your work dress code requires you to wear more formal clothes, chances are you can always bring a bag of active wear to encourage you to get moving.
Count Those Steps
It’s a lot easier to be active when you can keep track of how much you’re really moving. Yes, there’s a reason everyone is wearing activity trackers. Put one on your wrist and find out how many steps you do in a normal day, then set yourself a goal to improve on that number every day. Tracking your activity can be an excellent way to motivate yourself and keep you reminded of your goals.
So just because it’s a work day, doesn’t mean your fitness has to take the day off.