Incidental exercise is the movement you perform as part of your everyday life that makes up your daily activities. These movements can be simple – from walking to the mailbox to gardening to playing with the kids – but together these bite-sized chunks can add up to a significant portion of your total daily physical activity. Physical activity has excellent health benefits and forms the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. It raises your daily energy expenditure and helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
Sitting is the new smoking. Here are some handy ways to boost incidental exercise:
- Set an alarm on your phone or watch to move hourly from your desk or chair
- Invest in a standing desk
- Take regular breaks to grab another glass of water
- Take phone calls on your mobile and do laps around the office
- Don’t install a printer at your desk, walk to collect printing
- Catch up with work colleagues or friends over a brisk walk instead of sitting down at the office or coffee shop
- Always use the stairs over the lift or escalators
- Jump off the bus a few stops early and walk the rest of the way
- Multi task – instead of sitting down in front of the television, do chores like washing, ironing and folding.
- Park further away from the shop entry
- Leave the TV remote on the coffee table and get up to change the channel