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I thought the great thing about workshifting is that you don’t have to sit in an office all day. You can grab your computer-tablet-Smartphone and get to work at your favorite coffee shop, or in the park, on an airplane, or even in a tree house (well, if you have a tree house).

Turns out workshifting might not be so awesome after all.

Have you seen the Work is Murder infographic? Mashable compiled a whole bunch of nasty statistics that show that sitting around all day is bad for your health. Wherever it is you happen to be sitting around. As in 14.6 pounds worth of calories we’re no longer burning each year in our jobs compared to our parents and grandparents.

So what’s a workshifter to do?

I’ve taken up workstepping part time, and here’s what I’ve found out: it’s easier than you might think to add a little movement into your day.

Here are some tips to get started:

  1. Put on your walking shoes.
  2. As in, wear them so you have no excuses.

  3. Schedule breaks.
  4. Think of it as a Pomodoro break for your body. When I’m sitting around most of the day, I try to take a walk break every hour or two. In my case, I walk a half mile on the treadmill–part of my quest to add 3+ miles of walking daily on top of my workout routine. But you can walk the halls if you live in a big high-rise building, go up and down the stairs in your house, or get outside and walk around the block for 5-15 minutes. The key: movement.

  5. Walk while you talk.
  6. Maybe it’s because I’ve gotten used to moving more at work, but I’ve started pacing while I’m on the phone. Not every phone call, of course. But if you’re on a conference call on mute and find yourself surfing the Web, can you stand up and stretch (or walk around) instead?

  7. Dive into your RSS feed, check your e-mail, watch a video–and walk.
  8. We’re all taking in a lot of information every day. And we’re mostly sitting down while we do it. TED talks, a friend pointed out, are great for walk breaks.

Bonus Tip:

Edit while you walk (and I don’t mean a manuscript). This one is, admittedly, rather tricky as I’ve found that it’s not so easy to walk and write at the same time. But it can be a good way to add a little exercise when you’re editing through a white paper, back blog posts, or a client report.

Have you tried workstepping? What tips would you add?

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Daria Steigman is the founder of Steigman Communications. She is a business and marketing strategist, and a writer, and works with companies, associations, and international organizations to put in place smart communications strategies to support your goals and objectives. Read more at www.steigmancommunications.com.
  • http://www.angelagayehorn.com/ Angela

    Hey Daria…what a fab idea! I haven’t tried it exactly as you’ve mentioned above i.e. schedule it! But I do sometimes go for a walk at lunchtime and/or at the end of the day. I like the idea of walking as an addition to my exercise routine. I’m guessing you walk at a pace? The other bonus, aside from burning the extra calories, is that you don’t get stuck in one position all day. I also use my walks for listening to stuff like Philosopher Notes. Nice post, thanks! :-)

    • http://www.steigmancommunications.com Daria Steigman

      Hi Angela,

      I’m usually moving pretty fast, but I have a warped sense of what a workout is. Adding more walking in the last year actually made me realize what a great form of exercise a simple walk can be. I’ve noticed that it keeps my base endurance pretty sound, especially when I’ve otherwise slacked off for a few days.

      You make a terrific point about not sitting in one position all day. I didn’t really think about it, but that’s definitely a big plus.

  • http://www.esalesdata.com/email-list/salesforce-crm-users-list.php Salesforce CRM User Lists

    Hello Daria,
    Good inspiration points on daily basis, we do follow certain principals that keeps us routine and makes life good.