Sneaky Ways to Stay Active
Heidi Zwart
sneaky ways to stay active

The more time we spend in front of a screen the more mindful we need to be about our daily activity. Regularly scheduled workouts are a great lifestyle choice but may not be enough to offset a mostly sedentary lifestyle. So, we’re sharing some sneaky ways to stay active in the midst of your everyday life. 

Move your printer

Whether you’re at home or in an office, move your printer to a location away from your desk. This simple tweak to your work environment is a sneaky way to stay active more than you otherwise would during your day. Every time you hit print you remind yourself to stand and move. You can do the same with a shredder or other equipment you use regularly. 

Visit co-workers or family

Make a regular practice of having a conversation face-to-face with someone in your office or home. Choose someone on a different floor or who isn’t within earshot so you are forced to go see them. This sneaky way to stay active will boost your physical and relational wellbeing at the same time. 

Take the stairs

Skip the elevators and choose the stairs at work, home, or anywhere else you encounter the choice. To build a healthy workplace, post fun signs on the elevator doors reminding employees why steps are a better choice or implement a stair challenge for a sneaky way to promote physical activity for your team. 

Walk & talk

Make your meetings walking meetings. Swap the time you’d ordinarily sit for a chance to be productive and active at the same time. Some meetings are better than others for this, however, so choose this option for staying active appropriately. If you can get outside, do it. You’ll promote better emotional wellbeing, too. 

Swap happy hour

Happy hour can be a fun way to connect with co-workers, but generally encourages more sitting after a day filled with it. Choose other ways to gather that encourage more movement. Plan a scavenger hunt or play some volleyball. This sneaky way to stay active promotes better health and fun at the same time. 


In general, multitasking isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, expect when it comes to being more active. Instead of watching your favorite television show in your favorite chair, jump on the treadmill, elliptical, or exercise bike to catch the latest episode. When the episode is done, save the next one for the next time you’re on that equipment to encourage you to return to it regularly. 

Call a friend

Plan to connect with a friend or family member every day by phone. The lost art of a great phone conversation, combined with a walk around the block or house, is a sneaky way to stay active while boosting your relational wellbeing. Schedule this time into your day and enjoy the good vibes as you connect. 

What else would you add to our list of sneaky ways to stay active? We’d love to hear how you’re supporting your physical and emotional wellbeing in the midst of your everyday life. 

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