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5 Easy ways to get your steps in whilst working from home

Current steps include: walking from the sofa to the fridge

Written by Liv Grady

January 25, 2021

Girl holding coffee getting her steps in

Staying fit whilst working from home is easier said than done. When life was normal and we were heading out to work on a daily basis, we could easily clock up 8 thousand steps without noticing. Little movements such as walking to the bus stop, grabbing a coffee, nipping out for a meal deal on your lunch, walking up to the second floor to chat to your friend all made a big difference.

Those of us with a fitness tracker or digital watch will have noticed a huge difference in activity levels since we are spending 99.9% of our time in a flat or house. The majority of our steps are attributed to the endless trips to the fridge and back. If you want some easy tips to get your 10,000 steps a day in whilst working from home, we got you covered.

How to reach 10,000 steps whilst working from home

It’s easy to get into a bit of a slump in lockdown, avoiding leaving the house for days on end, even for your daily hour of exercise, if you wanna up your activity levels, both in and out of the house, follow our easy tips.

  1. Treat yourself to a coffee
  2. Pace while you talk
  3. Be less efficient
  4. Make your Netflix binge productive
  5. Get competitive

1. Treat yourself to a coffee

A walk and a coffee is the ultimate treat, especially on a cold sunny day. Treat yourself once a week with a walk to your favourite coffee shop. This is a small motivational ritual that will break the monotony of lockdown. If you don’t want to buy a coffee, why not make a nice coffee at home in a keep cup and go for a stroll whilst you drink it. This will still have the same effect, but will save you a bit of money. You can even make this a daily routine before work.

Coats approved for winter walks

2. Pace while you talk

We all know those annoying people that walk around the room whilst they are chatting on the phone, but they might actually be on to something. Connect a pair of wireless headphones to your laptop and walk around your house or flat whilst you are on your work calls. Although this might not seem like many steps, they add up quickly.

3. Be less efficient

We are ALWAYS told to be as efficient as possible, but when trying to get your steps in, you should do the opposite. Instead of carrying your cup of tea, biscuits and lunch all on a tray, make separate trips to the kitchen for each of them. These small actions add up during the day.

4. Make your Netflix binge productive

When you have been working all day, the only thing you wanna do is stick on your favourite show and chill out. If you don’t feel like setting aside 40 minutes for a workout, try walking on the spot instead. Pop your TV show on as usual and get your steps in. You can mix this up by doing side steps, lunges, jogging and marching. This way you aren’t losing out on your valuable TV time.

5. Get competitive

If you have a FitBit or Apple Watch, create a group with your friends and family where you can all track your steps together. Or why not create a group with your work friends who are all in the same position as you? By competing against one another to hit your step goal you are more likely to be motivated.

COmfy leggings for getting your steps in whilst working from home

Remember, don’t beat yourself up. If you don’t hit your step target, who cares? Some days you will want to be active and get your body moving and others you really won’t feel like it, and that’s okay! We are in a difficult time at the moment and what works for one person, may not work for another.