10,000 Step Challenge: How to Get More Steps in at Work

Get up and get moving! More and more people are finding new and unique ways to overcome the sedentary lifestyle of the typical 9 to 5er. We’ve all heard an apple a day keeps the doctor away and are mostly familiar with the 8 x 8 rule (drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day). So, what else can we do to stay active and healthy throughout the day? Walking certainly helps! The magic number of steps to walk everyday has been deemed 10,000. Here are some ways you can sneak in those extra steps, even if you are working a 9-5 desk job:

1. Ditch the Elevator, take the Stairs

This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to get some extra steps in your daily routine…unless of course you work on the first floor! Don’t worry we’ll have some other tips for you first floor workers as well. Taking the stairs up and down when entering and leaving the office is a good start towards increasing your wellness at work and getting closer to those 10,000 steps.

2. Park a little Further

It is human nature to look for the parking spot closest to the entrance, and we always find it rewarding when we find a good spot just a few steps away! You know what’s more rewarding? Getting those extra steps in. Choose a spot further away from the entrance to your office and you will get more steps in both walking to the office and walking back to your car.

3. Get Up and Talk to a Colleague Rather than Calling/Email

Give your colleagues that personal touch if you are working on a project with them or need to communicate something to them that you would typical email or ring them. Walking to their desk will help sneak in some extra steps, and it will also give you the opportunity to take a quick break from staring at your computer monitor all day! Even if the walk isn’t very far, you’ll be standing rather than sitting, which will also help improve your healt

4. Take a Quick Walk at Lunch or When You Have Some Free Time

Set aside 5-10 minutes during lunch to take a brief walk. Try walking a lap or two around your building. Not only will this help you get closer to your goal of 10,000 steps, but it will give you a reason to go outside and get some fresh air. You can also go for a walk when you have a few minutes to spare or to clear your head and unwind. This can help increase productivity when you get back into the office.

Taking these steps can help overcome the sedentary lifestyle associated with the workplace, and even motivate us to continue the health initiatives at home. Even if you can’t reach the 10,000 step challenge every day, every step helps towards a healthier lifestyle. So get up and get moving!