Fitness

A strategy for fitness

While jogging, walking, swimming, strength training, Pilates, and other forms of exercise are good in regular sessions on several different days each week, activity distributed throughout the day may be important.  Just standing for a few minutes every hour can make a difference.

Walk on a treadmill at low speeds all day and you can work, consume a lot of calories, and get fit at the same time. Dr. James Levine at the Mayo Clinic has called this non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) and has studied this for years.  Today, treadmill desks are available and some companies are using them in the workplace.

As a consultant or contractor working at home or your own office, you can arrange your work space so that you use a treadmill for most of the day.  Without a treadmill desk, you can still stand frequently or for longer periods during the day.