Accessory exercise is also easy to incorporate into your workday. With many of us back in the office, Davies says there’s a lot we can do to stay in shape – and not just give up the elevator. Davies encourages employers to use walking meetings – meetings held during a walk rather than in a conference room – to increase our number of steps.
Rethinking our route to work is also essential, she says. “I understand that not everyone can walk or cycle to work, but actually getting off a little earlier and walking more on either side” can be an easy way to incorporate extra exercise.
Davies suggests taking regular breaks to get moving, walking around the office, or getting some fresh air. In those free moments when we would otherwise grab our phones, like waiting for the microwave to ring, she suggests incorporating other movements instead – squats, lunges, stretches, anything that engages our muscles.
For those of us who don’t mind risking being the office joke, she suggests doing lunges en route to a boardroom, doing squats at your desk, or regularly timing yourself doing laps. of building and trying to beat your previous times.
Personal trainer Sarah Scudamore, founder of Mumology Movement, agrees that incidental exercise episodes, while docile compared to intense cardio workout, add up. “The advantage of incidental exercise is that it can be done very consistently in a very short period of time, and every little bit we do throughout the day really adds up,” she says. .
Scudamore says that what we wear to work can encourage more movement. “If you wear more athletic clothes, even if you wear sneakers to work and change your shoes when you get [there], or wear a little more comfortable clothes to move in, ”she says you’re more likely to increase your movement credit throughout the day.
As she points out, we’re much more likely to incorporate occasional exercise when we go to the office. “I have a lot of clients and friends who during the pandemic had to work from home and their steps were drastically reduced – they only walked a few hundred steps in their workday. If you are going to the office, she suggests taking a longer route to get there and walking as much as possible.
As Whitty says, such movements may seem insignificant, but over an extended period of time, they can make a difference. You can even get started right now, even if it’s crouching down while grabbing the TV remote.