May 2017 is National Walking Month, so what better time to up your step-count and get active at work? In association with the British Heart Foundation, many are raising money for the BHF’s life-saving research by walking more, as well as learning about the health benefits of walking.

In an office job, it’s likely you’re sedentary for most of the day in an office chair, getting little exercise throughout your time at work. Here are some tips on how to increase your step count at work this month.

Standing desks

We’ve previously looked at the benefits and types of sit-stand desks and how they can be great to avoid the mid-afternoon office chair slump.

Standing desks can be great for employees who are darting between work spaces; it’s easier remain standing and working than continuously wheeling around on your chair; you’re burning more calories this way too.

For those really dedicated to increasing their work step-count, ask about treadmill desks, to keep on the move while at your desk.

Tactical drink-making

Everyone loves to have a beverage of some sort while sat at their desk, whether it’s tea, coffee, water or a soft drink. Getting up to go to the communal kitchen space to make this beverage or retrieve it from the fridge gives you a bit of walking time, which is great as a small break from your seat.

However, increase your steps by making smaller drinks to make you get up to refill more often. The small trek to the kitchen may seem small but getting up a few more times per day can really add up.

Of course, be cautious how often you’re leaving your desk; leaving your desk every two minutes will mean you won’t get much work done and it could cause your boss to ask a few questions…it’s all about moderation.

Even before you step into the office…

Think about your commute; do you walk much of it? Those who drive will likely park in a designated car-park, and bus and train stops in cities are plentiful, so it’s unlikely you’ll have a long walk to your workplace every day.

To up your step-count, park a few streets away, or get off a couple stops before the closest one to get active and breathe in the fresh air before being inside for most of the day. That fresh air will get more oxygen to your brain and wake you up in the early morning, and so will benefit your productivity at work too.

Lisa Young, British Heart Foundation’s physical activity specialist, comments on the campaign:

“Walking is a fantastic way to keep active and maintain a healthy heart as it is fun, flexible and free. 

“You can walk wherever and whenever suits you, and it’s an easy way to fundraise for the BHF.  Remember, every pound you raise will fund research that's so urgently needed to help us beat heart disease.”

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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