With sitting recently labeled as the “smoking of our generation,” there are plenty of incentives to sneak in activities throughout your day-to-day routine. Even getting up and walking around as little as once an hour can help mitigate the 9.5 hours of sitting we tend to do a day.
1. To take a cue from the Gizmodo article mentioned above, try scheduling your next meeting at a park instead of a coffee shop.
Walking meetings have been known to be more productive, creative and efficient – you have the ability to tackle problems side-by-side rather than in an adversarial fashion across the table from one another. If you can convert even a few meetings a week to walking meetings, you can improve your health and get a few walking miles under your belt.
2. Set an hourly alarm to remind you to get up and walk around.
Walk around the office, walk to do chores or even empty the kitchen dishwasher at the office to find an excuse to move. It’s easy to find yourself melting into your chair hour after hour, so find an excuse to get up and move around regularly.
3. Exercise in short bursts.
Small bouts of exercise can be squeezed in while brushing your teeth or waiting for a pot of water to boil (calf raises anyone?), or put an extra spring in your step while taking out the garbage to get your heart rate up. Our lives are filled with mundane tasks – try to make every moment count by increasing your fitness level.