More and more Americans are working sedentary desk jobs than ever before. This also means that more Americans aren’t getting up and staying active, potentially comprising their overall health and well-being. While getting the recommended steps in each day can be a challenge when you’re working a 9-5 desk job, it’s not impossible. Read on to learn more:
Set a daily goal
First thing’s first—if you want to get more steps in each day, you need to set a goal for yourself. While the recommended number is 10,000 steps each day, more research has come out to prove that this number is actually artificial. Simply increasing the number of steps you get each day is proven to provide health benefits, even if it’s well under the 10,000 mark. So, using a smartwatch or step counter, track the number of steps you get in on a normal day. Then, set a goal that is about 500 to 1000 steps above that. Keep gradually increasing this number until you feel you’re at your max.
Remind yourself to get up each hour
During a busy workday, you could spend hours sitting in front of your computer without even realizing it. To prevent this, set reminders on your phone or computer to get up and walk around at least once per hour. Even if you could only spare one minute, it’s better than nothing.
A simple way to get more steps in is to inconvenience yourself a little bit. In other words, instead of sending that email to your colleague, get up and walk over to their desk. Additionally, you could also park at the far end of the lot instead of right next to the door, or you could take the stairs instead of taking the elevator. These little inconveniences will add up, and you’ll find you’re up and about much more than you were before.
Do you have an ambitious, competitive spirit? Then find a few co-workers or friends and set up a competition to see who can get the most steps in each week. Whoever wins can get a free drink at happy hour, or some other enticing award.
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