American Heart Association
Exercise outside of the gym: How to be active at work
Working Americans are often tied to desks, sitting behind the wheel, or on the couch watching television to unwind. Full-time jobs can make it difficult to find time for the gym. But this can lead to serious health problems. “There’s a strong link between a sedentary lifestyle and the risk of death. It also increases the risk of adverse health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and many types of cancer,” said Qaiser Mukhtar, a health scientist in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “That’s why physical activity is so important.”
So how can effective workouts be squeezed into busy work weeks? The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, or a combination of the two, to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke. While that might sound like a lot, it works out to only 30 minutes a day for a five-day workweek. The good news for office workers or at-home workers who may have difficulty blocking out even a half hour for exercise is, you don’t have to get those 30 minutes all at once. “Bouts of even less than 10 minutes at a time are beneficial,” said Dr. Michael V. McConnell, head of Cardiovascular/Mobile Health at Google Health.
So here are some easy, even fun ways to stay active at work:
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