Ms Graham said that a brisk 10-minute walk to the Post Office at lunchtime would be the equivalent of 2,000 steps. Strolling the same distance would equate to 1,300 steps. According to Health Works, a good 30-minute walk is equal to 5,000 steps – or half the daily requirement.”If you can incorporate 30 minute walks into your day, say to and from the station or bus stop, you could find you have done enough physical activity to keep your weight stable without having to find a big block of time,” says Ms Graham.

“Brisk walking burns up just as many kilojoules as swimming, golf or cycling when done over the same period of time,” she says. “Stair climbing is also brilliant. Each time you mount one stair you account for one step.”

“People need to remember that any physical is good for them and will assist in approving their health.”

And diet?

“You can’t get someone to change everything all at once but of course diet is important to maintaining a healthy weight.

“We just want to get office workers more active first because we believe that activity will boost their energy levels, and make them feel more motivated and therefore interested in healthier food.”

Story by Kate Southam, editor of CareerOne. Go to for more career related articles. Job hunting and workplace questions can be directed to CareerOne by emailing: