|Did you know that sitting is now considered the new smoking? That’s right … it has been said that sitting for five hours a day is equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarettes when it comes to our health. And seeing that people are seated approximately 9.3 hours a day, we may have an epidemic on our hands.|
The American Cancer Society conducted a 14-year study focused on health outcomes and found that women who sit for more than six hours each day were 40% more likely to die during the course of the study, and men sitting for the same period of time were 20% more likely to die. Talk about motivation to get up and move.
But even with the best intentions, a deskbound job can make this nearly impossible, right? Not so fast … keep reading for some simple tips to add some activity to even the most sedentary of jobs.
Changing work environments
But just because a job is sedentary, doesn’t mean employees have to be. There are many ways to add activity to daily work life. Kick off a “get up and move” initiative in your agency or even with the clients you serve. Here are some helpful tips to get started:
Whatever methods of movement you choose for your movement initiative, kick it off big. Provide water bottles, custom messaged silicone bracelets and matching colored awareness ribbons to promote your message throughout your agency as visual reminders that you’re committed to getting your team moving; they’ll thank you for it.
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