A few years back, I went through a period where it was nearly impossible to workout consistently. I was working close to 12 hours a day and had a long commute home. This really put a hurting on my schedule, and i’m sure many people reading this can relate. I took it upon myself to do the most with what I had and looked for ways to remain active during this time. Walking during my work break added up for me in a big way, I was losing close to 1 pound a week and here is how I got started.
Establish a Consistent Work Break Habbit
One good habit I had going was that I was taking short breaks and lunch at about the same time each day. I would take a 15 minute break in the mornings, my 30 minutes of lunch halfway through the day, and another 15 minute break in the afternoon. I didn’t really think much of those daily time slots at first because they seemed to come and go so fast – I mean, 15 minutes to me was too short to do anything useful other than chat with coworkers and get away from work for a bit. If your breaks are sporadic or even worse – you don’t even take breaks, you might want to tackle that first. Whether you work for yourself, in the field, or in an office setting, you need to take breaks for benefits too large to list on this article.
Learning from Others: I Saw Other People Walk
One day, while talking to coworkers outside our business complex, I saw some people in business suits walking at a fast pace. I noticed that these people looked familiar, and realized that they were the same people I saw yesterday walking past our building around the same time. After a few days of noticing the same group of people walking at the same time, I decided to start walking too. If people in suits were walking around, what would a guy wearing a polo shirt like myself need to worry about?
What I learned from Walking During My Work Breaks
At first, I didn’t really think 15 minutes was all that long. However, after picking up the pace, I learned 15 minutes could actually get your heart rate going. At first I was going around my building, but quickly grew out of that as I started walking faster and setting personal challenges. As I kept pushing to see how much I could walk in 15 minutes, I began to notice that my step count (I had a fitbit) was getting larger and larger every day.
How Walking During My Work Break Added Up
I started noticing the results on the weight scale too – for weeks, I had been stuck at 198 lbs, but after I began walking, I started noticing the drop: 197 one week, 196 the next, and so on. Walking as the only exercise, I consistently dropped about a pound a week. It was the easiest weight loss I had managed to date and it had gotten better – some of my co-workers would join me. My walking sessions would take place in my morning and afternoon breaks, with the occasional 30 minute lunch walking session.
I still try to walk as exercise as much as I can. I learned that there is really no excuse for us to be standing still. Do you like to talk during your breaks? grab a few walking buddies to join you, it doesn’t get easier than that!