I am sitting down right now. I was sitting down earlier this afternoon and this morning too. I sit down A LOT.
Between my administrative job and my status as a grad student and the fact that my favorite hobby is reading, I spend most of my waking hours in a chair of some sort. When I first got my Fitbit earlier this year I thought I was probably already doing the recommend 10,000 steps a day. I strapped it on for the first day and went to work, confident that I’d be at 10,000 by noon, at the latest.
Yeah. Not so much.
First day? 2,178. Yikes.
So, one of the things I’ve been working on lately is figuring out how to incorporate some more movement into my day at work. Here are some of my tricks that have helped me increase my daily step count from 4,500 to over 7,000 (the goal is still 10,000, I’m getting closer):
- Identifying the farthest bathroom in the building and only using that one.
- Every time I get up from my chair, I have to do 10 squats before I sit back down.
- Leaving a pair of tennis shoes at my desk so I can take a five minute walk before lunch.
- Setting my printer settings so when I print it goes to the printer on the other side of the office
- Standing when I talk on the phone and doing calf raises until I worry that I’m going to sound like an obscene phone call on the other end of the line
- Whenever I get a meeting request I have to do ten lunges. This is helping my health, but maybe not improving my attitude about meetings.
So far I’ve only been caught squatting in my office once so I’m going to call it a win.
Do you have any small things you do to get some more fitness in your day?