5 Ways to Stay on the Move at Work

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?

  1. Add more steps. Try walking to work — even if it’s just parking farther away and taking the stairs.
  2. Take fitness breaks. Go for a short walk or a trip up and down the stairs instead of heading for the snack machine.
  3. Start a lunchtime walking group. Support from co-workers makes walking more fun and keeps you accountable.
  4. Put it on your calendar. Schedule time for exercise! Go before or after work.
  5. 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.

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