Hi Ryan. There are many, many ways to increase the amount of moving/physical activity you perform in the course of your day. Not all movement/exercise has to be performed in the confines of a gym. I recently presented a seminar on exercise for office workers and presented them with a number of options including chair squats, wall push-ups, leg extensions – all from their desks and chairs.
I hope that this helps.
I remember the days when my job pretty much mandated that I sit at a desk all day long. It was difficult then and is even more difficult now to add activity during the working hours without looking like a slacker in your job.
The things I want to add to the list that you have already gotten is to make it a practice to stand during every telephone call unless you truly need to take notes throughout the entire call. There are also stationary mini bikes that literally slide under your desk. They are not made for the ages, but at a price under $30, they almost qualify for a stocking stuffer. Here is a link to one of them. http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00648162000P?sid=IDx01192011x00…
I love this question!
Harris did a fantastic job detailing many specific ways of increasing your activity of daily living. I use the same suggestions with my clients.
Here are some general questions to ask yourself as you go throughout the day:
– Can I complete this task manually? (using a manual can opener, cutting a piece of wood by hand)
– Can I complete the activity myself? (cleaning your own house, gardening your own yard, etc)
– Can I do the same activity instead of watching (playing with kids/dogs, playing sports)
– Is there an alternative activity I could be doing that would a) produce the same result b) be more enjoyable c) be more physically active?
– Can I be physically active while doing something else? (talking on the phone, exercising while watching TV or during commercials, standing in line)
If you would like some other ideas I also wrote an article “15 ways to increase physical activity throughout your day” and posted on my blog here: http://www.integratedfit.org/webblog/?p=156