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Fit Physical Activity Into the Workplace

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Physical activity has so many benefits to your health. It can help you get to and stay at a healthy body weight, reduce the risk of bone fractures if you have osteoporosis, and can reduce the risk of many other illnesses like cancer and heart disease. For most people, participating in physical activity is safe. However, some people should check with their health care provider or a qualified exercise professional before they start becoming more physically active.

For information on the benefits of physical activity, setting goals and overcoming barriers, as well as safety tips and precautions, visit the Physical Activity section of our website.

If you have questions about physical activity or exercise, call 8-1-1 to speak to a qualified exercise professional, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm Pacific Time, or you can Email Physical Activity Services. You can also leave a message after hours.

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Many people feel that their work schedules do not allow them time to become more physically active. But activity can be fit into many workplace situations. For example:

  • Use your morning commute to get in some extra walking. Park several blocks away or get off the bus a few stops earlier. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, at least for a few floors.
  • Suggest holding meetings with colleagues during a walk inside or outside the building.
  • Try a "squeeze ball" to flex and tone hands and arms. It helps release tension from stress as well.
  • Go the extra distance when possible. Get your coffee on another floor (take the stairs), or use the washroom that's the longest distance from your office.
  • Stand and do simple stretches while making phone calls. A speaker phone may help.
  • If you need to speak to a colleague, walk to that person's office rather than using email or the phone.
  • Use your lunch hour for a workout: Go to the gym or take a brisk walk, jog, or bike ride. Don't skip lunch. Eat it at your desk while checking your mail or listening to phone messages.

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Current as of:
September 10, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Heather Chambliss PhD - Exercise Science
Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health