American Heart Association
Too much sitting? Ways to fit in more movement during the day
Stuck at your desk all day?
You’re not alone. U.S. adults spend an average six to eight hours a day being sedentary.
The cost of all that inactivity has not been quantified in dollars, but the costs of poor health and ensuing productivity loss in the workplace has: About $225.8 billion overall per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Workplace wellness programs are one way more companies are encouraging employees to boost their physical activity and take other steps that contribute to better cardiovascular and overall health. Before health and safety measures aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 caused many workplaces to impose restrictions, on-site gyms and fitness classes offered those who might not otherwise seek out an exercise program a way to explore one while at work.
To encourage participation, such programs should be designed to welcome all workers, not just the “fitness buffs,”, said Deborah Rohm Young, a director of behavioral research at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. "Just getting in that door can be intimidating."
The American Heart Association recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week. Young suggests setting a timer to remember to move around for five minutes every hour, or 10 minutes every two hours.
"Sit less, move more," she said, "Take those smaller breaks throughout the day so you're not sitting all at once."
Use these tricks to fit in more movement during the day:
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