Small Ways to Add Activity into Your Worklife

Want some tips for how to stay active whilst working?

Man using a standing desk to work

Ways to fit activity into your routine

  • Set your work-station on a high counter or table so you can stand while working.
  • If you live or work in a high-rise office or flat, opt for the stairs wherever and whenever possible, instead of the lift.
  • Walk around while on the phone, or on video calls with loved ones.
  • Every time you go up or down the stairs, take two laps, just because you can.
  • Schedule your planned workouts in advance. Even just 10 minutes at a time 2-3 times a day really adds up.
  • Make a rule to take a lap around the house or office, every time you do a certain activity, such as using the restroom, refill your water or coffee, send an email, etc.
  • Sneak in a few exercises in the kitchen as you wait for your food to cook.
  • Do 10 squats/lunges/push-ups every time you send an email, or every time you get a drink.
  • Take a lap or run up and down the stairs three times during every commercial break when watching TV.

Start of the day in sports gear, ready to fit exercise into the day

  • Take a brief stretch break every hour on the hour.
  • Perform heel raises while washing the dishes, or waiting for the kettle to boil
  • Stand up when folding your laundry.
  • Begin and end your day with some stretches.
  • Keep your phone in another room so that you get some steps in going to check your messages.
  • Try standing meetings and recommend to your colleagues for less formal ones, at least.
Woman doing yoga in her living room while a large dog stands nearby