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Published on March 21, 2016

Active Day at the Office

People walking up the stairs at work

For those of us who spend the day sitting behind a desk or have a sedentary job, getting enough physical activity may require adding an exercise routine. However, with a few simple changes to your office area and work habits you can increase your physical activity rather easily while at work.

Anything you can do to increase how much you move throughout the day is great. Increasing your physical activity is good for your health in general because it can potentially help you lose weight while improving your body’s condition and overall fitness.

7 Active Tips

people walking upstairs at work

  1. Walk during your lunch hour: it can be a short 15-minute walk and doesn’t have to be strenuous; a quick walk around the block will help clear your mind and make you feel reenergized. Make sure you enjoy a healthy meal and plenty of water.
  2. Stand up during meetings: it’ll help burn more calories than sitting. Also, just standing up and stretching several times throughout the day can help avoid some of the stiffness that comes with sitting for hours.
  3. Go talk to your co-workers instead of emailing or calling: this can add up to a lot of extra movement — great!
  4. Take the stairs: whenever possible avoid the elevator in favor of stairs, and park further away from your building. 
  5. Walk or cycle to work: if you use public transportation, get off one stop earlier.
  6. Reorganize your office: instead of making it easier to access things, make it harder, this will force you to get up and move around. 

Tracking Gadgets

To get a good sense of how much you move or don’t move throughout the day, consider purchasing a tracking device. There are several options to choose from — wrist and armband styles. Get an initial reading first. Then, when you incorporate some of these simple strategies, you may just be surprised by how much more you move. Like most things, it just takes getting used to until it becomes a habit. So, whether you add an exercise routine, commit to 10,000 steps a day or simply move around the office more, once these things become habit they become easy.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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