All in a Day’s Work – Sneaking in Exercise when you are Busy

We all need to move more for the sake of our health, but our best intentions are easily thwarted when we’re busy. At times it can seem hard to fit in 30 minutes a week, let alone a half hour on most days. If you have a desk-bound job, you might feel there’s nothing you can do about it, but, in truth, there are plenty of ways you can get moving.

  • If you live close enough leave the car at home, pull on your athletic shoes and walk, or run or cycle to work. If it’s too far, take public transportation, but get off a few stops earlier and walk at least a quarter of the way. If you drive your car, park as far away as possible and walk to your office. Every bit of activity counts.
  • When you’re stuck in your seat, simple desk exercises are better than nothing. Try marching your legs under your desk, or do calf raises, leg extensions or buttock squeezes, holding for a count of 10.
  • Climbing three flights of stairs burns about 15 calories. Do that six times a day and you’ve worked off the calories in your mid-morning snack . Regular stair climbing also improves bone density, aerobic fitness, and levels of good cholesterol.
  • Skip the conference room for meetings, and invite colleagues for a stroll instead. You can record any notes on a smartphone.
  • Rather than emailing colleagues, walk to their desk to talk to them.
  • exercise at work pictureStand up when talking on the phone.

These are just a few ways to incorporate exercise into your work day. For more tips, visit:

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