Some employees have no problem staying active while at work, while others spend a lot of time in front of their computer — sitting. For those employees, Amy Cutter, employee wellness coordinator for Bon Secours Hampton Roads, offers important advice: Get moving!
“We are sitting more than ever before — 9.3 hours a day. Our bodies were not built for this and it’s starting to take its toll. Sitting longer than six hours a day could increase the risk of death from all causes, particularly cardiovascular death,” she said.
So what can you do if you work in a job that doesn’t seem conducive to movement?
- Add more steps. Try walking to work — even if it’s just parking farther away and taking the stairs.
- Take fitness breaks. Go for a short walk or a trip up and down the stairs instead of heading for the snack machine.
- Start a lunchtime walking group. Support from co-workers makes walking more fun and keeps you accountable.
- Put it on your calendar. Schedule time for exercise! Go before or after work.
- Make the most of errands. When you go to the mall or grocery store, walk inside for a lap or two before you start shopping. Keep a pair of walking shoes in your car so that you’re ready when you find a few minutes for exercise.