Ten Ways to "Get Physical" at Work
Do you feel sluggish and out of shape after spending hours parked at your desk? It's a common concern--one with serious potential consequences for your health and well-being. Health problems like diabetes and poor cardiovascular fitness cost companies $1.1 trillion a year, according to a study from the Milken Institute. The decline of physical activity in the workplace is a significant contributor to the national obesity epidemic, according to findings from the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health. The school's research reveals that only 20 percent of today's jobs include moderate physical activity, down from 50 percent in the 1960s. The daily occupation-related energy expenditure has decreased by 100 calories per day within that time. Given this, how can you incorporate more physical activity into your daily desk-bound routines? The following suggestions are compiled from resources including the Arnold School and the Mayo Clinic. Even if you incorporate just one or two of these practices, you'll likely find your energy and engagement levels increasing.