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Fit Physical Activity Into the Workplace

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Being physically active can benefit your physical and mental health in many ways. For example, it can strengthen your muscles and bones, lower your risk of chronic health conditions, and improve your mood and sleep. Physical activity can be safe for almost everyone. If you have concerns about your health or becoming more active, speak with your health care provider or a qualified exercise professional.

For information on the role of physical activity on overall health and taking steps to change your physical activity level, visit the general health and helping you make it happen sections of our website. If you would like guidance on physical activity or exercise, call our qualified exercise professionals by dialing 8-1-1 and asking to speak with Physical Activity Services between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time Monday to Friday. You can also leave a message outside of these hours and email a qualified exercise professional.

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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:
May 12, 2021

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