There are a lot of myths that surround being healthy. One of them is that you cannot get enough exercise if you have an office/sit-down job.
I work in an office.
I get two breaks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, for about 15 minutes each. I almost always grab a buddy and go for a walk around the block in the neighborhood behind our building. That adds up to about 2 1/2 hours a week pretty quickly.
I have copies that I have to make everyday. While some days are more than others, they average about 30 minutes worth. I put on a couple of good songs to play on my computer to put a little extra bounce in my step. Then I put the copies on the opposite end of the desk from the copier. It only equals a couple of steps, but two there and two back for every copy really add up. Plus, it keeps me on my feet for an extra half hour a day. With the music, it’s more like dancing with myself than walking or doing extra work. That’s another 2 1/2 hours a week.
I also keep a dumbbell under my desk and do small exercises when I can. A lot of the time that’s only about 10 minutes a day. They are usually spread out too, like one set of curls in the morning and a set of bent over rows in the afternoon. But those couple of sets of 5 minutes add up to almost another hour per week.
Under my desk there is also a big bouncy ball (like a beach ball, but a little smaller). Truth be told, this was bought for me by a co-worker at Wal-Mart for a dollar or so. Any time I’m not out walking for some reason, I take it outside on my break and bounce it around. You can keep your heart rate up steadily chasing a ball around. (and the joke at work is that I don’t take breaks, I take recess)
All of these are super simple ways to grab a few minutes here and there. If you look back over, though those few minutes add up to about 6 hours a week! That’s nearly the same as if you made time to go to the gym 6 days a week and did an hour of cardio.
What kind of tricks do you use to grab a few minutes of activity here and there while at work? Put them in the comments and we can share & compare.