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    Many people feel that their work schedules do not allow them time to become more physically active. But activity can be fit into many workplace situations. For example:

    • Use your morning commute to get in some extra walking. Park several blocks away or get off the bus a few stops earlier. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, at least for a few floors.
    • Suggest holding meetings with colleagues during a walk inside or outside the building.
    • Try a "squeeze ball" to flex and tone hands and arms. It helps release tension from stress as well.
    • Go the extra distance when possible. Get your coffee on another floor (take the stairs), or use the restroom that's the longest distance from your office.
    • Stand and do simple stretches while making phone calls. A speakerphone may help.
    • If you need to speak to a colleague, walk to that person's office rather than using email or the phone.
    • Use your lunch hour for a workout: Go to the gym or take a brisk walk, jog, or bike ride. Don't skip lunch. Eat it at your desk while checking your mail or listening to phone messages.
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    Last Updated: October 21, 2014
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