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Active at work

With busy work schedules, many people feel there is no time to be physically active. However, adding physical activity into your day, even ten minutes at a time, may be easier than you think. It’s a great way to reduce stress, relieve tension and increase your energy during your work day.  It doesn’t require making time to go to the gym after work.

Consider using active transportation to get to and from work. Walk or cycle when you can and combine this with public transportation for longer distances.

If your job involves a lot of sitting, think of ways to stand and move more often.  Some ideas include:

  • standing up when you’re talking with others and during meetings;
  • taking the stairs instead of the elevator;
  • walking on breaks and during lunch; and
  • parking further away from the building.

Here are some links you can use to help add physical activity into your work day.

Quit the Sit – watch and/or listen to a video with information and resources for employers and employees to sit less and move more.

Healthy Living at Work poster – you can download a copy for your workplace or order copies here.

Seated Sports - Fun physical activity ideas are listed that can be done in 10-15 minutes with a chair/desk in the workplace. They can be done as a group or individually. Consider these ideas during meetings and breaks.

Stretching @ Your Desk – watch and/or listen to this 5 part video series from the Alberta Centre for Active Living.

Yoga @ Your Desk – watch and/or listen to this 5 part video series from the Alberta Centre for Active Living.

Exercising Your Hands and Wrists @ Your Desk – watch and/or listen to this video from the Alberta Centre for Active Living.

Healthy Workplace Activities - National Heart Foundation of Australia gives ideas for activities that can be easily done in your workplace to promote a healthy lifestyle.

For management and human resources professionals – learn more about a commitment to workplace wellness and a comprehensive workplace health approach here.

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