10 Ways to Get Moving at the Office
Bring movement into everything we do.
The workday is coming to a close; you stand to pack up your belongings only to realize your entire body is stiff and sore from sitting still for the past few hours. Whether you work from a cubicle, an office or your couch it’s easy to get wrapped up in finishing the daily tasks before those fast-approaching deadlines. Some days it may feel like you’re always doing but never actually moving. Try these 10 ways to move more throughout the work day when getting to the gym is just not possible.
1. Sacrifice the best parking spot. Circling the parking lot in search of the spot that results in the least amount of walking is the norm. However, by choosing to forego that space right by the entrance you will add in a few extra steps on either end of your workday. Bonus: your car is less likely to get bumped by someone trying to squeeze into the next closest space.
2. Walk and talk. If you need to meet with a colleague suggest taking a walk. Informal conversations do not necessarily require a stuffy boardroom.
3. Standing phone calls. Cell phones and speakerphones mean those conference calls don’t require you to be sedentary. Try pacing as you talk rather than sitting.
4. Step counter competitions. With pedometers like FitBit and Nike+FuelBand popping up all over the place, it’s easy to keep track of how many steps you take in a day. Divide the office in two teams and have everyone track their steps for a month. The losing team buys the winning team coffee.
5. Drink more water. Staying hydrated is another aspect of good health that is oftentimes forgotten. Bring a refillable water bottle to work and set a goal for how much you will drink each day. The more that goes in, the more that comes out so not only will you be more hydrated but you will also need some additional bathroom breaks that serve as a gentle reminder to get up and move!
6. Drop-ins. Have a simple question for a colleague? Rather than shooting off a quick email, get up and walk over to their desk.
9. Alternative transportation. If you live fairly close to the office, try walking or biking on days when the weather is decent. It gives you a chance to unwind after the long workday and adds in some extra fitness.
10. Timer stretches. If you’re the type of person who gets caught up in the work in front of you, set an hourly alarm to remind you to stop and take a few minutes to get up and stretch.