Staying active during the workday has never been so enjoyable! With standing desks making their way into offices everywhere, folks are really starting to advocate for employee health and wellness and we’re so on board with it. Are you stuck in a cubicle all day and left completely exhausted at the end of the day? We’ve got a few tips that might help!
01 Cycle to Work
There’s nothing wrong with driving to work or taking the bus (one of our favorite eco-friendly options), but have you ever considered trading 4 wheels for 2? Grab your bike and get moving! Did you know there’s research that shows active commuting is associated with a lower risk of CVD, cancer, and all-cause mortality?
02 Stand up for Work
And we don’t just mean defending your work, we literally mean stand for part of your day. This will help keep you mentally sharpness throughout the workday. No 3:00 pick-me-up needed! Simply find a high table to stand, or see if it’s possible to acquire a standing desk. Research shows workers should eventually progress to 4 hours per day of standing to reduce their risk of chronic disease including CVD. Can’t swing the standing desk? Check out our chair workouts here!
03 Schedule Time for Exercise
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends adults should receive at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week. This differs from physical activity in that physical activity encompasses any movement of the body, while exercise is intentional and repetitive. Want to integrate physical activity into your workday? Read one for a few pointers.
Tips for Adding Activity to the Workday:
01 Plan Ahead – Attempt to pre-schedule your workouts at the beginning of the week to hold yourself accountable. Research shows that regular exercise improves recall and thinking skills. Physical activity during meetings also will increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which improves brain performance.
02 Walk and Talk – Schedule walking meetings with coworkers.
03 Create an Exercise Group – Create a group that does a physical activity together on lunch breaks or after work. Make it a calendar invite to make it official! Research shows that social support has positive implications on attitudes about exercise and adherence and compliance to exercise.
Want to hear from real Pack Health employees about how they stay fit on the job? Click here to watch our vlog post!