We all know that staying active is important, not only does it help you keep physically healthy but the benefits to your mental health and mood are impressive. But understanding that you need to keep physically active and following through are two different things. And many of us use work as an excuse for our inactivity. So how can you keep yourself moving at work (while still getting your work done)?
“When it comes to staying active, every little bit helps,” says EML Member Benefits Partnership Manager Kirsty Smith.
“Start your day off by walking a lap of your workplace to say good morning to your co-workers. Wherever possible take the stairs and use the loo on a different floor to add a few extra steps in your day. And take your rubbish to a bin furthest from your desk.”
If you’re up for something a little more substantial, Ms Smith suggests getting your colleagues involved.
“Create team challenges and make it a game – work with your team to create a challenge that everyone can participate in.”
It can be as simple as each member in the team completing one (or more) of the ideas below:
- 1 minute wall sit 3x a day
- 10 body-weight squats every hour on the hour
- Start a pedometer challenge to see who can get the most steps
- Have a group stretch at the end of the day or week
“You could also conduct a walking meeting – walking and talking can be a great way to add a few steps to your day while still being productive.”