Be Active at Work

Discussion in 'General Health & Wellness' started by kjm1487, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. kjm1487

    kjm1487 New Member

    Over 60% of U.S. adults do not get the recommended amount of exercise and about 25% of adults are not active at all. Plus, 30% of adults in Missouri are obese.

    There are many small ways that working adults can fit in physical activity at work during the day. Walking is the key to getting exercise at work. Every half hour of walking burns 140 calories (Wellness Council of America). Employees can walk to coworkers’ offices instead of calling them, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and walk during lunch breaks. To see if you are getting enough physical activity from walking more at work, you can use a pedometer to measure how many steps you walk each day. 10,000 steps per day would meet the recommended amount of physical activity.

    Encourage coworkers to start walking more with you; social support makes physical activity seem easier. Post reminders and motivational sayings in the hallways and by elevators. Some ways to encourage stair use are posting signage and maps to locate stairs, making stairs easily accessible, increasing the positive visual appeal of the stairwell including new paint, lighting, carpet, artwork, adding music to stairwells, and making sure there is good lighting and air quality. Start a walking group for lunch time and ask your employer for activity breaks during long meetings. Some ideas for incorporating physical activity breaks include having a stretching break between agenda items, add a physical activity section as an agenda item, conduct a “walking meeting“ if possible, start the meeting with a 10 minute walk, or end the meeting with a 10 minute walk (eatbettermovemore.org).

    Regular physical activity helps reduce high blood pressure, arthritis pain and related disability, the risk for osteoporosis and falls, symptoms of depression and anxiety, and the risk for type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and several forms of cancer. Additionally, worksite health promotion programs can lower levels of stress, increase well-being and self-esteem, increase stamina, and cause weight reduction (Wellness Council of America).