If you don’t have the time to undertake exercise regularly, you should at least try to stay mobile and move about more frequently.
Exercising helps to decrease levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol and reduce high blood pressure, both of which can lead to severe cardiovascular conditions. Moving about more often is also suitable for your mental wellbeing. Research suggests that regularly engaging in physical activity helps to release endorphins and other feel-good hormones.
We’ve pooled together out expert healthcare knowledge to come up with seven different ways you can increase your amount of physical movement every day. The good news is, you don’t have to follow all these points at once, splitting the list into a few short periods of exercise a day will be more beneficial to your health.
Lunch Outside the Office:
Place a lunch order at somewhere near your office, then take a walk over to pick it up. You can even consider taking your packed lunch to a local park or green area. This way you can enjoy the summer weather while you give your body some extra exercise. Try taking a brisk walk before you head back to work to give your metabolism an extra boost.
Get a Standing Desk:
If your office space has standing desks available, try and use one at least once or twice a week. Many of these desks are convertible so that you can sit down at intermittent periods throughout the working day. Using a standing desk will encourage you to move more throughout the day, but don’t overdo it. Try the standing desk for just a couple of hours a day, in the beginning.
Take the Stairs:
Although the elevator goes up - it won’t do anything to help your heart rate to increase. Take the stairs whenever you can, even if it’s just for a couple of floors. If you have access to an escalator, climb it rather than staying still. Little activities like this can make a big difference to your overall wellbeing.
Work Out While Watching T.V:
It’s easy to collapse onto the couch when you get home from a long day at work. However, you could use this time to avoid sitting around and squeeze in a small workout. Try doing just ten sit-ups a night when watching TV, then double it after seven days.
Ditch the Car:
Spare yourself the stress of parking and log some more active time by parking farther away and walking or biking to your destination. Alternatively, leave the car at home and walk to where you need to be.
Hit the Local Shopping Center:
Is it far too hot or cold outside? Is the weather putting you off exercising? Take a quick stroll around the local shopping center instead. Window shop, people watch and get active in a more climate-controlled environment.
Walk and Talk:
Even if you’re stuck to your phone for work calls, you don’t have to remain sitting on your chair. Make it a habit to walk and talk. Some workplaces even have walking paths to make it even easier to burn calories while you earn a living.
There are plenty of opportunities to be more active every day and get a few more steps in during routine activities. Remember, every step counts!