Think about how you spend your time on a normal day, and look for opportunities to exercise.
- Do you spend your workday sitting at a desk? Perhaps get a standing one, or even a treadmill desk.
- Do you drive to work? Could you walk or ride a bicycle? If not, consider parking as far from the building as possible to get extra steps in. Or, even better, can you park a few blocks away and walk the rest to your building? Similarly, when going to the store, park as far away as possible so that you have to walk farther.
- If you are the one hosting a meeting, you can hold walking meetings where, as a group you walk together and someone records the proceedings on their phone.
- Do you have long conversations on the telephone? Again, that is a great time to get some walking in.
- Stairs are always an alternative to elevators or escalators. If you work on the thirtieth floor, you can get off the elevator at the twenty-eighth and walk up the two remaining flights. When that’s easy, get off at the twenty-seventh, and so on.
- Swap out household chores that are typically automated (mowing the lawn or using a dishwasher machine), and do them manually for extra movement. Push mowers are great exercisers, and while washing dishes by hand may not seem like much, that is time spent vertical and using your arms that could easily be spent sitting on the sofa watching TV.