Every step counts

It’s nothing new

Many of us spend way too much time sitting during the day. Some of us are good at getting some type of exercise a few times a week, but it’s not enough to counteract the effect of being sedentary. And if you are one of those who don’t get to exercise, it can create extra stress and cause you to give up before you start.

Every step counts

Researchers have compiled studies with over 15,000 people in 5 countries to investigate how movement affects their health. And you could see that short moments of movement during the day had a positive effect on health. Those who got the best effect were people who were mostly sedentary but had started to move more.

Start small

The advice is to start small, it can be as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or doing a few lunges on the way to the coffee break. If you decide to start taking the stairs, don’t go all floors at once but start with one floor and add floors when it feels good. Otherwise, the risk is that you get overwhelmed.

Get steps in while the job gets done

If you don’t have time to do short exercise breaks during the workday, take a walking meeting with a colleague. The beauty is that you can do it regardless of whether you are in the same place or not. Take a walk together or over the phone and you’ll get those steps that are so important during the day while getting the job done.

It’s all the little extra things that together make a difference and what gives the very best effect is movement that actually happens!

Source: University College London

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