These days, incorporating physical activity into the day-to-day isn’t always easy to do. With busy work schedules and even busier schedules filling the time we don’t spend at work, finding time to get moving can seem nearly impossible. We all require and outlet, and for some of us, this can be attained through getting fit, but for others it simply isn’t so. If you’re not the type that spends your off time at the gym, you can increase your level of activity by simply incorporating it into the work day. We’ve come up with a few ways to stay active at work so that you don’t have to leave the office feeling like you’ve spent your day in a chair – even if it is the case!
1. Take the stairs: Just because your building has an elevator doesn’t mean you have to use it. Besides, everyone who consistently rides the elevator is bound to wind up in an awkward conversation with a boss or coworker at some point, so if you opt for the stairs, you can avoid the inevitability of such a conversation.
2. Turn your lunch break into a walk: Whether you pack a sandwich or head to a nearby place, take your lunch to go and get outside. It doesn’t matter if you work across from central park or in the midst of a concrete jungle, taking a walk while you eat your lunch will energize you for the afternoon.
3. Listen to music: this one may sound like more of a treat than a means of physical activity, but turning on the tunes for a few hours at work will boost your energy. Think about it – sitting at a chair and slouching while you work in painful silence isn’t nearly as satisfying as tapping your foot to the beat of a great song and letting it keep you alert.
4. Take a walk with a coworker: Just like your lunch hour, a quick meeting is a great way to break up the office boredom. Say a coworker stops by and asks to speak with you about something, suggest you walk together, even if it means only around the hallways of your building.
5. Get your coworkers in on it: Who knows, maybe there are others at your workplace who want to be more active too. Ask around and take initiative. You could wind up with a lunchtime walking buddy, or maybe a whole group of people will want to train for a charity walk together. The possibilities on this one are pretty much limitless!