Getting Movement in During the Work Day
While some days I don’t have the slightest bit of motivation to get off my couch, other days I’m bouncing off the walls, unable to sit still- that’s #balance for ya! I don’t use a step tracker for a variety of reasons, the main being I don’t want to feel guilty if I don’t make the 10,000 steps, but that doesn’t mean I don’t try and get my steps in or general movement in during the day.
So what do I do to stay moving?
Instead of eating my lunch on my break, I eat at my desk during work hours and I use the time off to take a walk. I usually go for half an hour, either with a friend or with a podcast (2 Dope Queens, anyone?). Not only does the fresh air wake me up and give me energy, but it feels great to stretch my legs after sitting for a few hours.
I always opt for the farthest bathroom or kitchen. I walk all the way across the building not only because the farthest kitchen has the best filtered water, but because that extra distance is a nice little break!
I try to get some standing time in. I’ve found a nice high table that is always unoccupied and for at least an hour a day, I head over there to do work. I love the change of scenery and I’ve found that working in this situation actually helps me focus even more.
When I am brainstorming something that doesn’t require me being at my computer, I opt for a lap outside around the building. If I need to take notes, I type them on my phone, but I’ve actually found that unplugging for a few moments helps my creativity flow.
I try and get up a few times a day to stretch. I twist and turn, relieving the aches I get in my back and neck from sitting too long.
I always try and go on a short walk directly after work. This doesn’t always happen- sometimes I am too tired or too busy to get this in- but I try to at least a few times a week. As soon as I get home, I put on my leggings or joggers and sneakers and head out the door! I know that if I sit down, I won’t get back up :) When it’s dark early, I head to the gym and go on the treadmill.
These are my favorite ways to stay moving- do you have any of your own? I would love some new ideas!