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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 workday.  Take a break by stepping outside for a brisk walk. This supports your physical and mental health.   

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 workday.

Sit less and move more – Got a meeting?  Take a walk

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

Seated Sports - Fun 10 minute physical activity ideas using 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 –to change your body position regularly. 

Yoga @ Your Desk to loosen up and relax as part of your workday. 

Exercising Your Hands and Wrists @ Your Desk – is also beneficial especially if you use a keyboard regularly. 

For management and human resources professionals – learn more about a commitment to workplace wellness and starting a comprehensive workplace health promotion program.

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