Break out the spandex gym shorts and start stretching those hamstrings – Friday, April 1, is National Walk to Work Day! And in keeping with the spirit of the day, here are some quick tips to help you keep your office-bound bod moving throughout the workweek.
Take the scenic route
Pick up a pedometer at your nearest athletic store and start counting your steps. Fitness experts suggest between 6,000 – 10,000 steps per day to maintain a fit physique. So, whether it’s parking at the far side of the parking lot or using the stairs, start finding reasons to take the long way.
Take advantage of your lunch hour
Instead of rushing out to the local burger joint, take advantage of your lunch break with a quick jog around the block or a power walk through your favorite park. And for a little extra intensity, you could keep a couple of small hand weights or a jump rope in your car or office. A little mid-day cardio not only helps keep you fit, but the extra boost of endorphins can make your days feel less stressful.
Bike to work
If you live close enough to work – or even if you don’t – spring is the perfect time of year to leave the car in the garage and start biking to the office each day. Not only will you reap the benefits of being more physically active, but it’s also a great way to save on gas.
Sit on an exercise ball instead of a chair.
Strengthen your back, tone your core, and work on your posture all at the same time by simply replacing your desk chair with a standard, inflatable exercise ball. It may feel odd at first, but before long you’ll be helping your body stay trim without even thinking about it.
Number one thing – find a workout partner!
Whether you look at it as misery loves company or it takes two to tango, find a coworker with similar fitness goals and make a pact to keep each other accountable. You’re much less likely to cheat on a diet or skip a workout when you know someone’s watching.