Nov 212013

Need some inspiration to sneak in more activity and healthy eating into your busy, day-to-day life? Try one or all of these suggestions!


Stretch hourly

Stand up hourly

Stand/stretch every 10 emails

Desk leg lifts

Substitute water for soda

Take the stairs

Park and walk

Do chair yoga

Substitute water for juice

Substitute dessert with fruit

Eat breakfast

Walk to the next bus stop

Snack on fruit

Snack on veggies

Drink more water

Walk before a meal

Walk after a meal

Lift weights

Walk more briskly

Keep workout stuff accessible

Tap toes while sitting

Jog in place

Do standing leg curls

Push palms together

Shrug shoulders

Try wall push-ups

Bike to work

Ride a bike

Do hourly jumping jacks

Take a walking break

Calf raises

Walk over to coworker instead of calling/emailing

Host a walking meeting

Use resistance bands

Sit on a ball instead of a chair

Walk to work

Take a hike

Practice active TV watching

Walk the dog

Play like a kid

Get outside


About Lisa Eirene
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

  14 Responses to “Get Up and Move”

  1. I needed those suggestions.. lately I have been feeling the soreness from sitting too much at my desk!

    • Ditto. I sit all day at my desk and my joints start to hurt when I get up. Thankfully I have to get up often to walk to the printer so I get a little bit of movement. But I definitely need a reminder to move around if I’m not printing something at work!

  2. Great list! I try to go for a short walk every few hours and also make sure to get up and stretch every hour. I’ll have to use some of the other great suggestions from the list!

  3. Those are great suggestions!

  4. I love all of these suggestions!

  5. These are great! I do many of these already. I work on the third floor and always take the stairs. I park at the back of our parking lot, even though there are sometimes closer spots. I have a packet of things I’ve printed from online about desk/cubicle exercises and I even brought my old foam roller into work, plus a towel so I can get some stretching/rolling done between calls. People think it’s weird, but they all enjoy the roller! LOL

  6. “Desk leg lifts”… I though you said desk lifts. LOL!
    I do need to get up outta this office chair and stretch hourly. I’ll make that my goal for everyday next week.

  7. Love it! When I worked in Chicago, I used to bike 2 miles to the train station (even in winter if there wasn’t too much snow!) and then walked the mile to my office after I got off the train. It was 6 miles every day!

    Now I have to drive to work, and I miss all that activity. I love the “play like a kid!”

    Hope you are having a great weekend!

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