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(StatePoint) Leading a sedentary lifestyle can have a serious impact on one’s health. In fact, too much sitting can
increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, according to
the American Heart Association, which cites a study that
showed that adults who watch more than four hours of
television daily had a 46 percent increased risk of death
and an 80 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Unfortunately, work environments are not always con-
ducive to physical activity, with tight deadlines and long
to-do lists often gluing people to their work stations for
hours on end.
If you spend a majority of the day at work, here are
some great ways to move more during your free time.
Go Beyond Traditional Exercise
Becoming active doesn’t necessarily mean limiting yourself to elliptical machines and running laps. Find outlets
for exercise that excite you, such as hip-hop dance, yoga or
even kickboxing. If you want to add a bit of competition
to the mix, long distance races or obstacle courses may be
just the motivation you need. Such events can be a great
excuse to travel, as they take place all over the world.
At Work All Day? How to Incorporate Exercise into Your Life
Get Active with Co-Workers
Many experts agree that leaning on friends and co-workers as exercise partners can help boost motivation. In fact,
the exercise habits of people you know have a positive
influence on your own routine, according to a study published in “Psychology of Sport and Exercise.” Luckily,
there are new and fun ways you can get active as a group.
For example, you can invite co-workers to participate in
the high-endurance obstacle course challenges of a Tough
Mudder race. Such a challenge will take team building to
the next level. To learn more, visit ToughMudder.com.
Squeeze It In
Long workdays are just a reality for many. So, find ways
to get your blood flowing while you’re working. Set an
alarm that reminds you on the hour to move around or
stretch. Consider a desk that converts to a standing position so you can be on your feet a portion of the day. Use
the stairs. There are many ways to squeeze in short bouts
of exercise that allow you to continue being productive.
Do your heart and health a favor and get moving. With
so many great new forms of exercise and athletic com-
petition available today, spending time outside of work
engaged in physical activity is easier than ever before.