How To Ensure You Are Active At work and Home
How to sit less at work:
- Always take the stairs rather than escalators, elevators, and moving sidewalks.
- Use the phone ringing or someone entering your work space as a trigger to stand up.
- If possible, don’t send e-mails to coworkers. Instead, take a walk to deliver your message
- in person.
- Skim a few minutes from your lunch break to take a walk around the office.
- Take longer routes to the drink station, restroom, and cafeteria or other locations you frequent.
- Don’t reserve a conference room for quick meetings—talk and walk instead.
How to sit less at home:
- Limit TV watching to favorites only. If possible, record shows with a DVR so you can skip commercials and sit for a shorter time.
- Stand up and/or walk in place during commercials and phone calls.
- Set an alarm to get up and walk around every 30 minutes if you are reading, playing a computer game, or catching up on e-mails.
- Minimize the amount of time you sit or lie in bed before you sleep by getting up to brush your teeth, set out clothes for the next day, and do other before-bed chores.
- Don’t look for ways to save steps or flights of stairs—do more.
- Stand up to read your daily mail or e-mails.
- Start a new ritual by taking a walk after dinner.
- Don’t sit the entire time at your children’s or grandchildren’s athletic events. Pace the sidelines as you watch.