The Top 5 Tips on Maintaining Physical Activity in the Workplace
It’s simple, the more physical activity you do, the more health benefits you’ll experience. Regular physical activity can reduce your risk of chronic diseases, including various types of cancer. That is why the Canadian Cancer Society recommends that all adults should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week.
Realistically, achieving the recommended standards of physical activity might be difficult, especially given the fact the average Canadian spends about 60% of their time at work. Hence, this makes the workplace an important setting to implement healthy behaviours, and physical activity related exercises. The health benefits of staying physically active while at work are beneficial to both the employee, and the organisation.
These are our top 5 tips on how to stay active in the workplace:
1. Active Commuting
If possible, try leaving the car at home and cycle or walk to work instead! You can also park your car a little further away from your destination, or get off the bus a few stops early. If using public transport, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or climb up the escalator whenever possible. By actively commuting on your way to work, you’ll start your day off with an energy boost. Check out our Active Commuting challenge for some ideas!
2. Go for a Walk
Whenever you can, take a walk. Whether it’s walking meetings, or walking on your lunch break, make sure to move whenever you can. You can challenge yourself by walking for a few minutes every hour!
3. Stand Up Regularly and Stretch
The best way to reduce long periods of sitting is by standing up. Take a break every hour, get up from your chair and do some stretching. Check out our stretch toolkit for some stretching exercises that you can do from your desk.
4. Incorporate Small Changes Into Your Routine
Try to incorporate some movements in your workday. Get up and speak to your co-workers versus emailing them, go to the common area more frequently and grab a glass of water, send your print job to the furthest printer etc.. You’ll be surprised by the difference a few extra steps make.
5. Do It Together
Get your colleagues together and encourage each other to be active! Whether it’s partaking in some of our challenges, or creating your own challenge, an active workplace is beneficial for everyone involved. To take part in our challenges, subscribe here!