5 Ways to Squeeze Exercise Into Your Workday

Find Excuses to Walk

Most of us take walking for granted. It just doesn't seem like a very serious activity. It doesn't require any special training, and almost anyone can do it. Surely it can't be as effective as exercises like running and cycling? Actually, it can. While it will take you longer to burn calories walking than it will with faster activities, you will still get an amazingly beneficial workout.

Another bonus of walking is that it's very easy to do at work. Jogging laps around the accounting department would surely draw unwanted attention from your co-workers, but walking a few extra steps here and there will hardly raise an eyebrow.

To motivate yourself to walk more at work, wear a pedometer to see how many steps you take. Strive to get 10,000 steps in a day, which is what some studies suggest is the ideal amount for getting fit through walking alone [source: Shape Up America]. When you try to reach this goal, you'll find that you're walking every chance you get -- whether it's parking your car farther away from your office building, walking to lunch or visiting co-workers in person rather than calling or e-mailing them.

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