One way to improve our overall health is to be physically active on a regular basis. It is crucial for healthy aging, reduces risk of chronic diseases, improves mental health, and strengthens bones and muscles. Most Americans who work full-time are spending at least eight hours a day at their worksite, and most of that time is spent at a computer or desk. Here are five tips for increasing physical activity during the workday:
- Take short 3- to 5-minute breaks every hour to get up and walk around your worksite.
- Find your favorite exercise video from Spend Smart. Eat Smart., spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu, before or after lunch.
- Invest in a standing desk or “treadmill desk” to increase standing or walking throughout the day.
- Try stretches while sitting at your desk—such as chair squats, arm and elbow stretches, sit up and stretches, and overhead presses.
- Find a colleague to walk with during your lunch hour. This can improve social and physical well-being.