For all that physical activity does for us, finding time for it can be challenging – and even more difficult to keep up with as a lifelong habit. It’s a problem on a global scale: one in four people worldwide are physically inactive, according to the World Health Organization.

Part of the problem is this: our definition of exercise needs a refresh. When we hear the word ‘exercise’, we think of going to the gym, running 5km or lifting weights. But there are plenty of ways we can get creative with physical activity and sneak some extra steps into our routine without hitting the gym. These five Microsteps can help – which will you try?

 

Find one moment to sneak some extra steps into your daily routine.

Even on a packed day you can find creative ways to move. Try taking the stairs whenever possible or parking your car a little further away and walking to your destination.

If you’re tempted to snack even though you’re not hungry, take a walk instead.

Our brains release neurotransmitters while we walk that help us make better decisions. Also, a quiet walk once or twice a day can help bring us into closer contact with ourselves, our breath and the world beyond the workplace.

Before you exercise take a moment to consider the ‘why’ behind it.

A sense of purpose will help you make positive health decisions and follow through with your goal.

Schedule time on your calendar for exercise.

Blocking out time for movement on your calendar in the same way you would an important meeting or appointment can help shift your mindset to prioritise your physical wellbeing. Research shows that even a few ‘short and sweet’ minutes of movement in your day can make a positive impact.

Use your lunch break as an opportunity for movement.

You’ll add in a few minutes of exercise and be more focussed when you return to work.

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