Topic Overview

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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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science

Current as ofMay 22, 2015