6. Part-walk or walk your commute
Incidental exercise, the stuff you can squeeze into your daily routine, is the exercise that will really make a difference simply because you’re more likely to stick to it. Walking burns around four calories a minute, give or take a calorie or two depending on your build, so if you manage to walk at least 15-20 minutes as part of your existing Monday-to-Friday routine, you could lose a pound over eight weeks.
And the data to support this is hefty – a study published in the BMJ found those who actively commuted had both lower BMI and body fat than their non-active commuting counterparts.
And the benefits don’t end there. Researchers from UEA and the University of York found ‘active travel’ offered a boost to mental wellbeing too, in particular for stress management, decision making and mood-boosting.
Jogging and running pretty much doubles your calorie burn so try breaking out into a gentle jog for a minute or two at a time. Nothing tough enough to leave you entering the office pouring with sweat but enough to get you a bit out of breath.