Day 8: Take a walk
Rather than sitting all day, try finding ways to insert walking into your routine - it will keep the circulation moving, stretch your muscles, reduce stress, improve productivity, lower bad cholesterol, raise good cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and generally keep you in a good mood.
Here are some suggestions for walking while you work:
- Use a headset to set yourself free when you are on the phone. Stand up and walk around the office while talking on the phone.
- Use the stairs instead of elevators. Okay, if you work on the 75th floor, that might be a bit much. But you could walk 10 flights and ride the rest of the way.
- Walk down the hallway to talk to co-workers instead of calling them on the phone (or shouting)
- Walk for food breaks. Walk to a restaurant, walk to the snack shop, walk in a circle around your office while you munch.
- Walk (or bike) to and from work if possible. If ou drive, park a good distance from the door.
- Start a walking group at work. Take quick breaks together. Create an indoor walking trail around the office.
- Use a pedometer to measure your progress.
Consider keeping a pair of walking shoes at your desk.
"The good news is -- walking works, especially when it's supported in the workplace," said Dr. Richard Carmona, U.S. Surgeon General.
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