The authors concluded that getting everyone to do at least 20 minutes of brisk walking a day would have substantial benefits and could save lives.
If you struggle to get your daily walking quota, why not try wearing a pedometer or using an app to track your daily steps? You could benefit from simply moving around for five minutes in every hour – think about how many times you get up and move around at work. It might help to keep a tally.
You could also try some of these tips for boosting activity at work:
• always standing when you’re speaking on the phone
• get up and go to speak to colleagues rather than emailing them
• stand during meetings
• use a standing desk or break out area to work for part of the day
• get up at least once an hour to fill up a glass of water (this will also help to ensure you’re staying hydrated!)
• Go for a brisk 15 minute walk on your lunch break – it will clear your mind and ensure a productive afternoon
Written by Ruth Tongue