By: Megan Carnaghi
If you have been struggling to fit exercise in to your lifestyle because you work too many hours, you’re in luck! You can fit activity “NEAT-ly” into your work day with just a little creativity. NEAT, or non-exercise activity thermogenesis, is adding movement of any kind to your daily routine such as extra steps, standing, toe taps, and fidgeting. Incorporating these activities can help burn more calories and increase energy and focus.
Try some of these NEAT ideas or make up your own!
Use desk peddlers. These compact peddlers (https://www.henryfordhealthproducts.com/product.cfm?product_ID=9114) allow you to pedal while you work or during a break. It is an excellent way to log minutes. You can even bring it to meetings!
During your lunch break, go 50-50. Spend half your time eating your lunch and the other half walking. Impact someone else’s health by asking a co-worker to join you.
Do short bouts of activity with your co-workers. For example, in our office if anyone says “I’m tired,” we all do 5 minutes of arm circles or 10 pushups. That’ll get your attention!
Give up the elevator. (At least a few times every day). Or walk as many flights as you can and then take the elevator the rest of the way. Every step counts.
Stand up at your desk for part or all of each day.
Have walking meetings. Instead of meeting in your office, head outside (or for the hallways if weather is bad).
Park at the farthest corner of your work parking lot. I found the difference between the furthest spot and my usual spot was approximately 600 steps into the building (measured by a pedometer). That gives me about an extra 1.5 miles per week!
What else can you do to move at work? We want to know! Email us at WellnessEvents@hfhs.org