Sneaking Fitness In the Workplace

This week is ParticipACTION’s Sneak It In Week. A week where they encourage everyone to examine their work day and determine where and when they can sneak in some more physical activity, and do it!

Here are my favourite ways to get more active at the workplace.

1. Take the Stairs. This is an easy option depending on your physical activity level and workplace attire. We are on the 6th floor which I think is the perfect amount of stair climbing cardio. For those working in high towers (we live on the 48th floor), why not take the elevator part way and walk the rest!

2. Have Walking Meetings. For Sneak It In Week, my workplace does a pedometer challenge to encourage everyone to get up and move more. So this was my trick a couple years ago which helped me take the lead in number of steps and create a great habit. When there are just a few of us in a meeting, and it’s more of a conversation that needs to be had, we hit the streets and chat it up while on the move. A great way to get fresh air while getting down to business.

3. Start a Workplace Walking Club. What started off as a couple friends going for a noon hour walk at lunch has ballooned into a mob of ladies on the move. Bring some comfy shoes, stick to the main roads, and sneak it in at lunch time. Check out these easy tips from ParticipACTION to get your Walking Club started.

4. Take a Class. I am absolutely one of those people that if I don’t get away from my desk at lunch I will continue to work all day. So for the past 5 years, at least a couple times a week, I jaunt across the street and hit up the local GoodLife. I don’t have enough time to take a class, but getting on a machine or using weights for 30 minutes is a great way to break up the day and sneak in “me time”. My workplace also offers free noon hour yoga once a week in house, which is even better as people don’t need to go anywhere.

There are many fitness professionals looking to get into workplace wellness, we’ve even started offering after hour run clubs through Tribe, so definitely ask at your local studio if it’s something your workplace would benefit from – and really, which workplace wouldn’t!

How do you sneak in some extra physical activity during your work day? Share it in the comments!

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