The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends that we “break every hour of sitting with 1 to 2 minutes of activity” because they have found a correlation between physical activity levels (or lack there of) and cases of cancer.
Yea .. that’s definitely reason enough to get me up and moving a few minutes during the work day.
But I mean, we’re at work .. what can we actually do, you ask .. Quite a few things actually.
Have stairs? Once an hour get up and walk them, one full round. At the end of the day you’ve probably walked them 8 times. Not bad .. and your legs will love you for them!
Skip steps while you’re walking them .. add a bit of challenge to those stairs!
Stand up and just stretch .. get the blood flowing again and make it count!
Find something heavy around your desk area and do bicep curls.
When you’re taking a phone call, stand up and march in place, do calf raises, stretch, or just stand there.
If nothing else, get up from your desk once an hour and walk for a minute or two. Step away from the stress, catch your breath, and clear your head!
Walk during lunch! If you like to read learn to multi-task. If I can do it so can you!
These are simple, easy things to do but you can always step it up a notch by picking an exercise and just doing it for a minute. Push ups, jumping jacks, cardio lunges, or anything to get the blood flowing!
Yes, some days I being clothes to work and during my lunch I’ll go into the library and knock out a 20 minute high intensity workout circuit. I just make sure to leave enough time in order to clean up afterwards. But, I will say it’s fun and gives me so much energy that carries into the afternoon!
I have also been known to walk the steps for 40 minutes during lunch .. and that .. is WORK!
Don’t be shy .. people will only look at you weird the first time .. 😉
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