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Boost Your Activity: Tips for Moving More During the Workday

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The Importance of Movement

Maintaining an active lifestyle is essential for overall health and well-being. However, it can be challenging to achieve, especially for those with sedentary jobs. Incorporating movement throughout the workday can help counteract the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle and promote better health outcomes.

Ways to Work Movement Into Your Day

There are various ways to integrate more movement into your workday, such as:

Take Movement Breaks

Setting timers for regular breaks can help ensure you incorporate movement throughout the day. Utilize these breaks to stretch, walk around, or engage in light physical activity.

Pace the Room

Pacing during phone calls can increase both your activity levels and creativity.

Set Up a Movement Workstation

Consider using a standing or walking workstation to promote more movement during your work hours.

Use Your Lunch Hour Wisely

Use your lunch break for a walk or light exercise to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels and build a consistent movement routine.

Do Desk Exercises

Incorporate desk exercises or use equipment like an under-the-desk peddler to stay active while working.

Try Walking Meetings

Suggest walking meetings to your coworkers to promote movement and potentially enhance creativity.

Take Advantage of the Stairs

Opt for the stairs instead of the elevator to increase calorie burn and improve cardiovascular fitness.

Create Opportunities to Walk

Seek creative ways to add walking to your day, such as hand-delivering memos or walking to pick up lunch.

Set Yourself Up for Success

To successfully incorporate more movement into your workday, consider the following tips:

  • Schedule breaks and workouts
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Keep basic fitness equipment nearby
  • Use a headset for phone calls
  • Add comfortable flooring for standing desks
  • Find a workout buddy for support and accountability

By making small changes to your daily routine and creating opportunities for movement, you can combat the adverse effects of a sedentary job and lead a healthier, more active lifestyle.

William H. McDaniel, MD

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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