Friday, September 12, 2014

Walking at Work

Walking at work

Most of us know that exercise improves circulation and keeps the heart healthy. However, many of us also spend a lot of time sitting at work for much of the day. So, how do we incorporate activity into our daily work routine? Well, the simplest way is to make walking a part of your work life.

If you can’t do the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity at a time because of your busy work schedule, then sneaking in a few 10-minute walks throughout the day can be equally beneficial.
Here are 10 tips to Walking at Work:
  1. Find ways to fit 60 minutes of walking into your workday. Consider lunch, breaks or 15 minutes before and after work.

  2. Pencil your times in your day planner … you're more likely to stick to it!

  3. If you walk with a partner, find someone who keeps their appointments.

  4. Buy comfortable walking shoes to leave at work.

  5. Be prepared. Organize a bag to leave at work … a sweater, jacket, umbrella, socks, toiletries.

  6. Wear a watch to track time.

  7. Choose a route.

  8. Divide your walking time in half. Start with a comfortable pace. At half-time, retrace your steps.

  9. Record your progress using your online steps tracker.

  10. Confirm each walking appointment.