This is Booster Shot. Today’s topic is exercising at work.
Diana Ruiz runs Community Health at Medical Center Hospital. She says, “People think you have to go to a gym in order to be physically active, and that’s not necessarily true.”
Ruiz recommends 30 minutes of physical activity per day, and it can all be done at work.
“Break it up into three 10-minute intervals,” Ruiz suggests, “and that should be done about every three or four hours. Take a brisk walk around the block, take the stairs a couple of flights up and down, whatever it is you can do in your own worksite. But make sure that your heart rate really does get up in that 10 minutes.”
Another recommendation is walking meetings.
“So let’s say you really need to visit with someone at work, rather than sitting at your desk and sending an email, call them, and say, ‘Hey, let’s meet outside at the front door. Let’s take a brisk walk around. Let’s have a walking meeting.’”
Other ways to fit in exercise are taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking in the furthest spot from the entrance, and doing 10-minute workout videos online.
“Another option,” Ruiz suggests, “is even at your desk or wherever you might be at work—jumping jacks, calf raises, squats. All of that is completely free, can absolutely be done in 10 minutes, and will most definitely have an impact on your overall health.”
The important thing, Ruiz says, is to find what works for you so you can commit to it. Also, Ruiz points out, it makes sense for employers to create work environments that encourage physical activity.
“Ultimately, the productivity and the health of an organization is dependent on each and every person doing the best that they can at their job,” Ruiz explains. “When you’re not well, when you’re overweight, or you have a chronic condition, you’re just not functioning at your best.”
Of course, a healthy diet and sleep schedule also increase overall health.
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