There’s a lot of talk about employees working longer hours, staying connected at home and on vacations, and work/life balance. But all of this time at the office or invested in office work leaves little time for fitness. To bridge this gap and encourage physical activity, some employers have invested in state-of-the-art on-site gyms complete with showers and lockers. Others carve-out one-time team bonding events or bootcamps.

Still, 80 percent of adult Americans aren’t getting the minimum recommended amount of exercise each week according to the CDC. That’s a powerful statistic, especially given the fact that moderate exercise can prevent our nation’s leading causes of death: cancer, heart disease, and chronic lower respiratory disease. How much exercise does the U.S. government recommend? Just 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. That’s just over a half-hour a day.

Walking is free, and it’s an activity that doesn’t require a large block of time. Here at Walkingspree, we’re excited about fitness and have built a workplace culture that encourages it – before, during, and after work. Some of us run before we step foot in the office, others hit the gym at five o’clock. And many of us walk throughout the day – to brainstorm, get inspired, or just regroup. We’ve grown, innovated, and thrived because we embrace a broader definition of fitness, fitness that isn’t necessarily confined to a focused block of time but, instead, in all of those little steps that really add up. It’s the bike ride to work and the 20-minute walking meeting. It’s the pull-up bar in the doorway, the standing and treadmill desks, and the stability ball that replaces the sedentary desk chair. All of these small steps work in unity to build a workforce that’s happier, more productive, and more engaged.

To be leading organizations, we need the brightest minds and the best talent. We need individuals who can think beyond the status quo. And we need to rethink our corporate culture so that our workers are able to squeeze in that 2.5 hours per week of activity – or more.

Walking and creativity