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Exercise at Work: Uncovered

By Kirti Gupta, MD April 29, 2019 Posted in: Wellness

I want to work out, today is the day! Oh wait.. where is the time? I have to go to work and run errands; are you in a similar situation? Well, you’re not alone, that's why at CHI Health we're going to uncover how to use simple tips to exercise at work.

Getting More Walking in is Key

If you are like most Americans who drive to work, start with exercise by parking further away from your office then you need to. Get those steps in on the way to and from work, every step adds up.

Second, take the stairs, ditch the elevator, it will strengthen your legs too. Walking is a key factor to improving your overall health.

Try Not to Sit Too Long

Americans are leading an increasingly sedentary lifestyle thanks to technology and the office. Now that you made it to your desk sit up straight, don’t slouch. Yes, you don’t even need to be moving to exercise. Sitting up straight will work on your core stomach and back muscles. There are phone apps available to remind you of just that.

Work on Your Core

To really work on your core, ditch your chair for an exercise ball. Balancing on your own makes you sit up straight and works your core. Want to go one step further? Use a standing desk, I do. Modern desks allow you to raise them so you can stand while you work, eliminating the problem altogether.

Time is a limited resource and work takes up most of it. Maximize this time, be creative with your exercise, you don’t always have to go to the gym if you follow these helpful tips. Thanks for tuning in, I'm Dr. Kirti Gupta and be sure to check back for more from CHI Health.

Kirti Gupta, MD
Kirti Gupta, MD

Kirti Gupta, MD is an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics provider with CHI Health.

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