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9 to 5 Workout: How to improve your traditionally motionless work day

Nov 07, 2011 09:08PM ● By Cate Reynolds

Upping your exercise routine may be an uphill battle if your job has you sitting in a chair for most of the day. So how do you increase the number of steps you take and add movement to your daily routine?

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator. A brisk walk up the stairs increases your heart rate and strengthens your leg and hip muscles.
  • Park your car at the far end of the parking lot when you go shopping to add a short walk to your shopping routine. (You’ll also get fewer door dings.)
  • Instead of emailing or using the intercom in the office, get up and talk with your colleagues face to face.
  • Make a habit of getting up from your office chair and stretching every hour.