Incorporating Exercise into Your Day

Burning off unwanted kilojoules doesn’t have to be difficult.  Although planned physical activity like going to the gym or playing sport is ideal because you have allocated time to do so, you can increase your daily exercise by incorporating these activities into your workday:

  • Bring lunch from home and use at least half of your lunch break for a brisk walk, even if it is only 10-15 minutes.
  • Stand up and stretch at your desk.
  • When you need to talk to a colleague, don’t use the phone or email - get up from your desk and walk over to them.
  • If your job involves sitting at a desk all day, make sure you get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour.
  • Whenever possible when you’re on the phone, stand up, move around or do some simple squats or leg exercises.
  • Park further away from the office and walk.
  • Get ruthless with your diary and schedule exercise as a regular part of your daily routine.
  • While waiting at the photocopier, do some leg stretches.
  • If you travel regularly for business while waiting for your flight, walk around the airport (taking the stairs), instead of blobbing in the cafe or airport lounge.

Random Quotes

“The classroom session gave the students a good lead into our nutrition focus for the term. The supermarket task provided an authentic situation in which they could practise identifying the nutritional value of many of the foods eaten on a daily basis – they really enjoyed the practical aspect of this and the results of their investigation generated a good deal of discussion back at school.”

Nicola Couch, Long Bay Primary.