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Simple ways to get moving

Recent studies have shown that being sedentary may lead to chronic illness as well as take years off your life.

Here are just a few ways to move it, move it, move it…or lose it…

At home:

  • Get off the couch and walk around the house during commercial breaks.
  • Stand to read the newspaper or get dressed.
  • Move around the house when checking text and e-mail messages on your cell phone.
  • Do your own yard work and wash your car by hand instead of using a drive-through car wash.

At work:

  • Stand and take a break from your computer every 30 minutes.
  • Walk to your colleagues’ desks instead of phoning or emailing.
  • Drink more water—going to the water fountain and toilet will break up sitting time
  • Stand during phone calls.
  • Use a height-adjustable desk so you can work standing or sitting.

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