In the Zone: La’s Workaday Workout

When it comes to getting and staying fit, La wrote the book on tough love and no excuses. Today she gives us a few helpful hints on how to stay active during the work day. —M.S.

Have a job that requires you to sit behind a desk all day? Well, that’s no excuse for not finding ways to be active. Here are four simple things you can do to get your blood pumping during the work day.

Track it. I’m a big fan of watches that track your steps, so make an investment in one and get moving. There are so many models available, so there’s one to fit every budget, from the affordable Amazfit Bip to the all-purpose FitBit Charge 2 to the state-of-the-art Apple Watch Series 3.

Time to move. Set a timer that reminds you to get up and move every 30 minutes: Take a loop around the office. Stand at your desk and do side steps or butt kicks for 30 to 60 seconds. Get a co-worker to join you, make it fun, and you can be the trendsetter at the office. When you’re into a work groove, it can be hard to break away, but your body and your brain will thank you when you do.

Step by step. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Work on the 12th floor? Get out on the 10th floor and walk up the last two flights. Challenge yourself each moth to do more, and you’ll slowly start to see your endurance and energy levels increase.

Go the distance. No matter how you get to your job—train, bus, car, or boat—there are always ways to sneak in some extra steps. If you drive, park far from the front door of your office and walk. If you commute by mass transit, try to get off a stop before your normal destination and hoof it the rest of the way. Start a step competition at work by getting your colleagues together to see who can earn the most steps by the end of the week; maybe the winner gets to pass on some of his or her boring paperwork, or the person with the least steps has to buy everyone green juices for breakfast. Make it fun and competitive!

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