Do you regularly hit the gym? Good for you! But what about the rest of your day? According to a recent study, even hour-long workouts every day aren't enough to counteract the ill effects of too much sitting, including obesity, diabetes, or even heart disease. Instead of concentrating your movement into one designated time slot, try to take more steps outside the gym. Wearing a pedometer can make tracking your movement simple (aim for 10,000 steps per day), but even just making a point to get up and move every hour can make a huge difference.
Your action plan: Make it a priority today to spend 10 minutes out of every hour on your feet—stand, walk, dance, skip—whatever it takes to get you up without a major disruption. Pace during phone calls, stand up while brainstorming a new idea at work, walk to a colleague’s desk instead of sending an email—just sneak in short bouts of movement as often as you possibly can.