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National Get Fit, Don’t Sit Day!

By admedical posted on 05-03-17

Posted on 05-03-17 in A D News

“Those who do not find the time for exercise will have to find the time for illness” -Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby, British Statesman

Why is National Get Fit, Don’t Sit Day so important? Research shows that changing our sedentary habits is one of the most effective ways of preventing type 2 diabetes and obesity-related illnesses. The American Diabetes Association recommends that everyone limit the amount of time they spend sitting. Let’s have this day be the start of healthy new habits. Let’s get moving at least every 30 minutes every day starting today. National Get Fit, Don’t Sit Day is helping us draw attention to the importance of being physically active during the day as part of a healthy lifestyle both at work and at home, as well as the role of physical activity in lowering the risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

To help everyone participate today (and everyday!)  here are 8 tips for how to stay more active in the workplace:

  1. Take the stairs instead of the elevator at the office and in the parking garage
  2. Get up and take a quick walk around your office
  3. Stand up and stretch at your desk
  4. If you go out for lunch, walk to the restaurant
  5. If you take public transportation to work, get off one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way to your office
  6. Use a speaker or mobile phone so you can pace around your office during conference calls
  7. Try some chair exercise while at your desk
  8. Fidget (when appropriate!)- Tap or wiggle your foot during meetings or while working at your desk

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