5 Ways to Increase Your Daily Activity
It is estimated that people spend two-thirds of their lives at their place of employment. To stay healthy, we need to find ways to increase activity levels throughout the workday.
Sure, maybe personal trainers, landscape crews and construction workers have some healthy benefits to their careers. Others may be the proud owners of treadmill desks. The rest of us can consider the following options:
Take the stairs
Thousand-dollar stair climbing machines had the “it” factor at health clubs before elliptical machines came along. Taking the stairs has become the latest popular way to stay healthy, and this fad requires no membership fee or athletic gear. Climbing stairs helps build leg muscle, is a positive move for the environment and many times is faster than waiting for an elevator. In one minute, a 150-pound person burns approximately 10 calories walking up stairs. If you haven’t stepped up, now is the time to embrace this trend!
Park It Like It’s Hot
Park your car at the far edge of the lot. We have seen luxury car owners parking as far away as possible to avoid door dings. Perhaps this explains why the owners pictured in the annual year-end luxury car sales ads look so healthy and fit—those extra steps to and from the parking lot! In all seriousness, those extra steps can really add up. Fifty spaces farther out translates to about 20,000 or more extra steps per month!
Water Goes In ...
- Drink water throughout the day.
- Walk to water cooler.
- Fill reusable container.
- Walk back to work area.
- Feel the urge to “go.”
- Alleviate the situation and repeat.
Your body will appreciate the hydration, plus you force yourself into activity by requiring regular restroom breaks throughout the day.
Stand Up for Yourself!
Try to stand up and move at least once every 30 minutes. Do specific tasks, like taking phone calls or meetings, standing up.
Standing desks have become a popular antidote to the perils of all-day sitting but are understandably an acquired taste.
Experts agree, however, that the simple act of getting up out of your chair provides a “gravitational stimulus” that can help your body stay strong.
Sitting restricts breathing and movement of your diaphragm. Standing up allows a speaker to be more expressive and energetic. When standing up, not only will you sound better, you’ll add to your daily activity.
Use an activity tracker like a Fitbit or the included health app on your iPhone.
The celebratory buzz a Fitbit wearer receives upon her wrist while taking her 10,000th daily step can cause elation! iPhone users are known to compare weekly step charts on their Health Dashboard.
These types of personal activity trackers make daily activity a game that everyone wins simply by playing.