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Do you know if you get enough steps at the office?

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Did you know it is recommended to walk at least 10,000 steps a day? Does that seem insurmountable to you? You’re probably not the only one thinking it. Nevertheless, with some simple habits you can increase your daily steps by a big margin.

Did you know it is recommended to walk at least 10,000 steps a day? Does that seem insurmountable to you? You’re probably not the only one thinking it. The average person takes around 3,000 to 3,500 steps every day. If you are a white collar with your own desk, the average goes down even more to 3,000 steps.

A gap which seems difficult to close. Nevertheless, with some simple habits you can increase your daily steps by a big margin.

1. Shorten your car commute

Even before you reach your desk you can already gather a lot of steps. Park your car a little further away than usual: that’s extra exercise before and after work.


2. Drink you fill with H2O

We realise … at first glance you might not see a connection here. But water keeps your body hydrated and has the effect that you need a toilet break from time to time. You sort of ‘force’ your body to take a short walk.

3. Change floors

When you are going to the toilet, use the restroom on a different floor. It is only logical our additional advice here is to resist the temptation of taking the elevator.

4. Word-of-mouth

Mails are open to interpretation – and misinterpretation. Messages are misread, not read at all or people take things to personal. Do you have a question, or you need to talk about something? Avoid misunderstandings and pay your colleague a visit in person.

5. It doesn’t always have to be inside

Go outside during your lunch break. Get some fresh air and go for a walk. It helps to clear your mind.

6. Set up camp for calls elsewhere

When you’re on the phone, get up and search for a more secluded area. Not only for extra steps, but your colleagues that think noisy calls are annoying will thank you for it.

7. Track your movement

Wear an activity tracker that encourages you to stretch your legs every 30 minutes. Research by the American Council on Exercise proved that those who use a tracker increase their daily average by 2,500 steps. Not bad!

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