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Workplace Wellness Blog - Are We Sitting Ourselves to Death?

Posted by Sarah Szul on Jun 29, 2015 9:51:00 AM

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This past year you probably heard this phrase "Sitting Is The New Smoking" more than once. Check out the article in Forbes “Is sitting the new smoking?” - http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidsturt/2015/01/13/is-sitting-the-new-smoking/.



On June 24, 2015 the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the 2014 American Time Use Survey (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/atus.nr0.htm) which revealed that Americans are working an average of 10 minutes more each day than in 2013. And unfortunately, when we go home we are watching more TV than in previous years. With this data and with most job functions requiring extensive desk time, organizations should consider ways to increase activity at the workplace.


Here are some simple tips to help promote physical activity at work:


1. Turn your office space into a mini workout zone - http://greatist.com/fitness/deskercise-33-ways-exercise-work. Encourage employees to take some time every few hours to incorporate some exercises into their workday.


2. Make it social. Encouragement among peers is one of the best ways to get moving. Grab a co-worker or two for a quick walk or to take the stairs.


3. Organize lunchtime walks.

A study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports demonstrated that lunchtime walks can drastically improve your workday (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/sms.12398/abstract).  Not only does the activity contribute to an increase in productivity and a reduction in stress levels, but it also counts as a way to get moving.

We and our children are sitting more than ever due to technology. Just going for a quick walk or playing outside with your kids after work can do wonders. Get up, get out and move!