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5 ways to keep active at work
Millions of us have jobs that require us to sit at desks or around conference tables for several hours per day. Many health risks are associated with sitting down for prolonged periods - but how do we stay active in the workplace? We find out.

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Excessive sitting

Sitting for an extended period is linked with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and an increased risk of death from heart disease and cancer.

Excessive sitting may also slow metabolism, whi...

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Just 30 minutes of activity...

... on 5 days each week (going to the gym, cycling to work, or going for a lunchtime walk) could prevent 1 in 12 deaths globally.

Injecting physical activity into your working day could reduc...

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Cycle or walk to work

  • Cycling to work has been linked with a reduced risk of death from all causes, and a lower cancer risk.
  • Both cycling and walking to work have also been associated with a lower...

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Recommended work-based standing behaviors

  • standing or light activity for 2–4 hours during work hours for workers who are mostly desk-based
  • using sit-stand desks or standing worksta...

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Get movement into your working day by making a few simple changes

  • Walk to a co-workers desk to speak with them instead of sending an email.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Park your...

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Re-engineer the work environment

  • remove chairs and desk seating
  • encourage walking meetings
  • create walking tracks
  • introduce a pedometer program
  • use mobile sets ins...

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Take an active lunch break

You will go back to work feeling refreshed, revived, and more able to concentrate for the rest of the day.

Whether you go for a brisk walk, cycle, swim, or to your gym for an hour, doi...

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Schedule “movement breaks” 

Set a timer once an hour to remind you to move. Get up and move your body, walk up and down the stairs, or take a brisk loop around the block.

The movement needs to be reasonably active and needs to get you out of breath. Afterward, you will feel more productive.

Find an activity you love

Most people can find an activity that they enjoy. It could be walking the dog, doing pilates, or playing in the garden.

Find the activity you like and get value from and do that.

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