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Easy and fun ways for New Yorkers to infuse exercise into the work day

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Lack of exercise and prolonged sitting are major factors affecting the health of New York's office based work force. Prolonged sitting in the office has been linked to numerous health issues ranging from fatigue, lack of focus, low back pain and poor circulation to serious chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

Fortunately the solution is simple: Sit less and move more. Even 1-2 minutes of light exercise every hour or so goes a long way toward combating the negative health effects of prolonged sitting.

There are numerous ways to incorporate exercise into the workday such as standing at meetings and during conference calls, body weight exercises like chair squats or desk push-ups, taking the stairs and walking to discuss issues face to face with colleagues instead of using email.

Working in New York City however, provides many other unique, simple, fun and free ways to infuse exercise into the day. Try one of these NYC work day favorites to boost health, energy and productivity.

Use your lunch time to explore one of NYC's many parks
Use your lunch time to explore one of NYC's many parks nycgovparks.org

Use your lunch time to explore one of NYC's many parks

Grab lunch to go and take a walk in one of New York's many parks.  Whether its the High Line, Madison Square, Battery Park or any of the city's numerous parks, a walk while you eat will improve circulation, stretch the hip flexor muscles tightened from sitting and aid digestion.

Ride A Citibike to work
Ride A Citibike to work Citibike

Ride A Citibike to work

Skip subways or taxis and hop on one of NYC's new Citibikes to go to and from work.  The bike program has stations all over the city for easy access and no worries about  where to store the bike while at work.

Get off the subway one stop early
Get off the subway one stop early MTA

Get off the subway one stop early

Walking is great exercise, provides time to organize your thoughts on the work ahead or clear your mind after a stressful day.  Getting off the subway just one stop early can add a 1/2 mile worth of physical and mental health benefits.

Forage for lunch in a Green Market
Forage for lunch in a Green Market grownyc.org/greenmarket

Forage for lunch in a Green Market

The city is abounding with green markets, many operating year round, offering fresh local produce, baked goods, organic cheeses and meats.  A stroll through the markets for a tasting tour of the samples laid out by many vendors makes for a healthy seasonal lunch combined with exercise.

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