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Working it Out: Tips for Staying Fit in the Workplace

Posted on 06/19/14 in Best Promotional Products
Working OutWith sedentary (desk-based) jobs increasing every year, a greater number of Americans face the health risks of prolonged sitting, including obesity, diabetes, depression, and heart disease. When employees aren't feeling their best, the result is often lower productivity, decreased morale, and increased expenses for the company.

Fortunately, employers and staff can easily work together to create a more active workplace. Read on to learn how.

What Are the Dangers of a Sedentary Lifestyle?

Since 1950, sedentary jobs have largely replaced active ones. When employees sit at desks all day, it is more difficult to fit physical activity into their waking hours. Adding to the problem is the increasing number of hours Americans work.

It is likely that the growing overweight and obese population is a direct result of this shift in work environments. Inactivity also raises the risk of illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes, which costs companies billions of dollars every year in productivity losses.

Clearly, it is to the advantage of employers and employees to promote a more active workplace!

Don't Take it Sitting Down: How to Stay Active at Work

Although the prolonged sitting that comes with sedentary jobs is to some extent unavoidable, there are many tricks you can use to fit activity into work. Although not all of them will be appropriate for every office or individual, even a few small changes can make a difference.

Some ways to generate more movement in the office include:

  • Walk whenever possible. Parking a few blocks away, delivering messages in person instead of via phone or email, and taking short "walk breaks" are all ways to insert short bursts of movement into your day.
  • Bike or walk to work. If you live close to your office or can take public transportation part of the way, biking or walking saves money and burns calories.
  • Take the stairs. Do you really need to take the elevator to get to the next floor? If not, the stairs are always there for you.
  • Get pumped. Companies that offer fitness facilities make it easy to fit in a quick workout before work, after work, or during a lunch break.
  • Work out without leaving your desk. Keep simple workout equipment like exercise bands at your desk.

By implementing one or more of these easy activities, sedentary workers can add more activity to their workday, increasing their mood and productivity. When employers and employees alike are invested in keeping the workplace a fit place, a healthier and happier team is sure to follow.

Author: Robert Stillman CEO

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