Humans have been walking since the dawn of time. In fact it wasn’t that long ago when walking was the only way we ever got anywhere, or got anything done! Over time we have evolved to create technology which basically enables us to accomplish everything we did before, yet with minimum effort required.
This might be very helpful in many ways; however the downside is that humans are designed to be active. When we live sedentary lives, with very little activity or exercise, our physical and mental health begins to deteriorate. This is one of the reasons why obesity and other weight related diseases are more prolific than ever.
So in order to compensate for our ‘easier’ lifestyles we all need to step it up and get moving in order to maintain a healthy body and retain our mobility and independence for as long as possible.
It can be quite challenging thinking of ways of incorporating more movement into our lives, especially when we drive to work and sit in an office all day. So here are some tips to help you step it up as much as possible!
Try walking or riding when traveling short distances to work. Yes, it might take you a little more time and you might need to change when you get there, but you get some fresh air and alone time, plus your body will thank you for it!
Don’t just sit at your desk for lunch, take it and walk somewhere nice to enjoy it. This simple 10 minute or so walk will make a difference to your body when you have been sitting for extended periods.
Just like when sitting in the pressurised cabin of a plane, it is important to get up and walk about every now and then when you sit all day for work. Try walking to pass on messages to colleagues instead of txt or email. Or just stand up and do a few stretches every hour or so, to help stimulate your circulation and keep your muscles engaged.
Opt for the stairs instead of the escalator or lift; stairs are especially good as you are going to be working on your glute muscles which you spend a lot of the time sitting on!
- If you have meetings with other staff members, try to roster a walking meeting, this way you can all get some exercise whilst getting things done, and everyone enjoys a bit of a change!