Studies show that sitting for long periods of time may lead to an increased risk for obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or some forms of cancer.
Car commutes, desk jobs or remote work, playing video games and binge TV watching are some of the culprits. So, get up and move! Even leisurely movement can do you some good. Here are 10 easy and free ways to move more.
1. Walk faster.
Pick up your pace every time you walk – going down a hallway, getting to your office, shopping at the mall, or hiking. Burn more calories, strengthen your leg muscles, and feel refreshed.
2. Try work-from-home exercises.
It can be easy to forget to move when you’re working remotely. Schedule time each day for exercises you can do at home, like sit-ups, push-ups, yoga, and walking.
3. Get face-to-face.
Rather than email, instant message or call work colleagues, walk to their desks if possible when you have a question or issue. (It could also improve some of your work relationships!)
Dancing makes you happy and healthy. You don’t need a dance floor, special occasion or even a partner to do it. Ask Alexa, Siri, or your other virtual assistant to play your favorite dance tunes.
5. Tidy up daily.
Don’t wait until the weekend to clean your home. Spend some time every day tidying up. You’ll be more active, have a cleaner home, and get some extra time on the weekends.
6. Turn TV time into a workout.
March in place while watching your show. You don’t need any equipment for jumping jacks, push-ups, air squats, or burpees. They’re great for commercial breaks or for between episodes if you’re binge-watching.
7. Have walking meetings.
Skip the conference room, slip on walking shoes, and have your meeting on the go. Bring a small pad and pen to jot notes or use the voice recorder on your phone.
8. Go public for transportation.
Riding the bus, train, or a bike makes you walk more. The extra movement can add lots of steps to your day, plus you will benefit from some time outdoors.
9. Park on the perimeter.
Leave your car at the far edge of the parking lot. Small changes add up. Parking farther away could help you add thousands of steps per year.
10. Take the stairs.
Say no to the elevator and climb your way to health. A typical staircase has 10 steps. Set a daily stair goal and try to increase it over time.
Many ConnectiCare members like to use fitness trackers to keep themselves moving. If you have a smartphone, it’s probably got a pedometer on it. Slip it into your pocket and walk!