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3/24/17 9:20 A

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I am super lucky to have a small gym at work. I often go there on my morning break or for half my lunch hour. There are also numerous parks within a lunchtime range. Before I worked here, I did SP seated desk videos and walked around the building. I also walked to other departments rather than emailing or calling my colleagues whenever possible.

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3/21/17 10:11 P

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I am going to repeat what everyone else has said: can you walk at work? I work in a warehouse so I am lucky enough that I get to walk all day, but during my lunch break (on cold/rainy/snowy days) I usually walk around the building (inside) and eat during my regular break.

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3/21/17 3:23 P

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When I worked in a building that had three floors, several of my co workers and myself would climb the stairs every chance we could. It was great for the legs.

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3/16/17 5:59 P

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Thanks for the blogilates post. I've subscribed and will try it today.

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I often do Kathy Smith Ageless Stretch in the afternoon.

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3/15/17 8:42 P

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If you can get any privacy, there's a youtuber with the handle blogilates that has lots of 5 - 10 minute routines that only require a mat. Challenging, but you won't get sweaty.

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3/15/17 2:53 P

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I do strength exercises at my desk, then walk on the treadmill for 11/12 mins daily on my 2 breaks



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3/14/17 6:17 A

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very cool boss! interested in the long range health of his employees, and their short term loyalty, and good attitude. Hey there are no guarantees in life, but you do the best with the opportunities you can carve out for yourself, your family and friends.

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3/13/17 5:32 A

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DIANALAZZELL I work in a dispatch center where we sit most of our 12 hours shifts, however recently our supervisors have purchased an under desk treadmill and a portable bicycle/elliptical machine that I use the days I work. The bicycle/elliptical allows me to sit at my desk, work my radio, answer calls and workout all at the same time. It's great. It is just a shame not many of my co-workers use them...but who knows the more I do they may start.

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3/12/17 11:33 A

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I am a custodian, I average 5 to 6 miles walking at work everyday, so I sit down on my breaks and lunch lol. A lot of the people who work here have stand-up (veridesks) desks and mini elliptical trainers.

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This is a really cool idea. I wonder if any of my co-workers would be interesting in something along these lines.



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I work at a hotel. I turn the music on my phone (at a low level), and just walk up and down the first floor hallway and lobby area. Pretty easy to get 30 minutes in throughout the shift, and it's also a great way to check on how things look, if lights are out, things are clean, etc.



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I have 2 office jobs, and one of them is online teaching in the evenings. When grading discussion posts, I march in place at my desk while I read the students' work on the screen. I just tip the screen of my Mac up a little so I can read easily. This has helped me keep my step count over 10K per day. Maybe you could do something similar.



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I walk to the mailbox every morning and do 2 minutes of exercise every hour to get me out of my chair & standing up.

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I walk to the mailbox every morning and do 2 minutes of exercise every hour to get me out of my chair & standing up.

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3/9/17 5:39 P

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I stand all day at work. My usual shift is 6 hrs. I get two 15 min. breaks. I spend those breaks sitting down. I get my exercise either before or after work. Actually, before reading this thread, I didn't know standing could do anything to help me physically. That surprises me.

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3/9/17 2:57 P

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I am lucky to have a large campus that encourages running and walking. I run approximately 3 miles most work days. I also take advantage of our super large building with extra long hallways to get in some extra steps.

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Yes. I walk on breaks and lunch and/or do seated Spark videos at my desk.

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Yes I am. Two 15-minute walks per day.

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3/9/17 10:51 A

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1. I wear my FitBit to work, keep the dashboard open in my web browser (and on my phone).
2. I walk the whole outline of the parking lots when I'm going to put the mail out or pick it up.
3. I started an Office Olympics challenge for myself and my co-workers. Together, we tasked several common locations in our building with physical exercises and created a points system (sort of) and a weekly leaderboard. It's been fun, friendly, and funny!




Future goals:
1. Bring my yoga ball to the office. (within a week)
2. Learn some desk yoga moves. (anyone care to share some tips or favorite moves?)
3. Eventually convince my boss to let us set up a treadmill here somewhere.


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3/9/17 12:42 A

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I take 10 minutes walk during lunch break.

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I sit on an exercise ball instead of a chair. I also do chair yoga or office yoga (Don't worry! I use a real chair for that!) and it helps. I have an alarm set on my email system too to remind me to walk the parking lot 2 times per day.

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I'm fortunate enough to have an employer that provides full gyms free, my gym is in the building next to my office, so no excuses, I go daily. I also figure in exercise during the workday. If I have to use the bathroom, I only use it on the furthest floor from my office and take the steps. If I am in a stall big enough (I usually am) I do squats, the level at which the toilet seat is positioned makes for excellent squats. I began by just standing and sitting on the toilet, now I hover above it. Also, when I walk I make a point of holding my stomach in for at least a minute, release and repeat until I return to my office. I never call people, I get up and walk to their office...little things like this make exercise easy peezy.

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I stand for 6 hrs. I work at Subway the only time I sit is to eat my lunch. So I come home and work out all my muscles and when I sit down I so enjoy it! emoticon



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Too much sitting and too little exercise is bad for your health. So get off your seat and make physical activity — Look for ways to get out of your chair. Stand while talking on the phone. If possible, skip instant messaging and email, and instead walk to a colleague's desk for a face-to-face chat.




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i've seen a few pieces of desk fitness equipment that look interesting to use, has anyone tried them? there is a pedal machine that fits under your desk, and there is a little mini elliptical trainer, and there is a mini walker (looks like two feet). interested to know if anyone has tried these



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I work midnight to 8am as a law enforcement dispatcher and sometimes there is no one but me here, so I can't exactly get up and walk, and I've tried the office exercises, but they all require a chair that doesn't roll. I do try to raise the desk and stand for part of the shift, but if it is busy I can't use the foot pedal for the radio and type at the same time, since I am not coordinated enough to use the foot pedal well while standing. I just try to get exercise in while I'm off.

For those that wonder, no, we don't get a lunch break unless we can eat between calls or have a partner.



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2/21/17 8:53 A

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When I started back in 2011 I was working full time and I did a few things:
1 - Before I got in the car to drive to work, I took a 10 min walk.
2 - Got to work and parked the car far away from the office
3 - Took only a 45 min lunch break and then walked 15 mins.
4 - when I left I walked all around the office building to get to my car
5 - during the day I got out for a 10 min walk at least once/day. As a consultant I would often use the walk to think or rethink a report.

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my company encourages exercise at work. If I can work them in their are company paid classes. I stretch regularly and am working on using the internal fire stairs to walk stairs, stretch etc.

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If you get two 15 minute breaks per day, which I do, use them to walk around the building you work in, inside or out. You can also straighten each leg out for however many counts strengthen your knees or rotate each ankle clockwise and counterclockwise for ankle strength.

Emotion may help us get started in the right direction, but it is rarely there at the finish line. Sooner or later we must press forward without the support of emotion and employ discipline.


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2/16/17 11:16 A

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If only my boss would spring for a treadmill desk.

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These are all great advice.

I just got a standing desk and am trying to use it more often. My goal is to stand 51/2-6 hours

After using the ladies room, I take a longer route back to my desk.

I have stability ball that I'm going to air up for home use and use while watching tv and then during commercials use my hand weights for a few exercise.

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I have a fairly active job, but on my lunch break I get a walk in . It refreshes me for the rest of the day.

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At work I try to get up from desk on my breaks, two 15 min and one hour for lunch. I've been trying to walk it every day although sometimes I'm too busy. Our printers are out in the hall so I print on the furthest one to get more steps. I also park further in the parking lot (unless its freezing outside).If I go to the rest room I always do a lap or two down the hall before I go back to my desk. I am up to 7000-8000 steps just at work.



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I stand most of the time but today I found out Leslie Sansone has walk videos on You tube so I walked a mile in 15 minutes.

Also did a mile with her at the house before work.



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Hi!
According to my FitBit I was only getting about 2,000 steps while at work, so I converted my desk into a standing desk...although its only been a couple of days, I feel like its helping. I've found that I can stand for about 2 hours and then I take a 30-45 min break and sit down.
I even found myself marching in place or moving back and forth while standing.
Its not for everyone, but might be an alternative to sitting all day.

good luck!

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I also have a desk job from 7:30-4. My company has a fitness center with a personal trainer that I go to during my lunch hour. I can get in a good 25-30 minute workout. Then I eat my lunch at my desk. During the summer, I walk 2 miles during my lunch hour. Granted I'm a hot mess when I get done, but its worth it.

If you don't have a fitness center. When you walk to the bathroom, is there a longer path you can take? Maybe you could walk for 3-5 minutes and then go back to your desk. I also get up once an hour and walk. I have the Fitbit Alta and it vibrates and basically tells me to get off my rump. I work in a factory so there are lots of options where I can walk and not be walking through production.

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Try going for a walk during your lunch break. It really helps break up the day and clear your head.

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My job has an inside fitness route you can take advantage of when needed.

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Have you tried looking online for workouts that are 10 or 15 minutes in length? Are you able to get in a workout before going to work?

I would offer some advice, but it wouldn't really be fair. I do wildlife surveys, so I'm outside, walking a lot, as well as getting in and out of a truck. I also get up early and go to the gym to get in a 30 minute cardio workout. I also go to a spin class a couple of times per week. I do strength training a couple of times a week for about 30 minutes.

I guess I have the time since I'm not married, no kids, and don't know a lot of people where I am living for my job.



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Lunch break walks. They're good not only to get the blood flowing, but it's a great way to just get out of the office, get some fresh air and clear your head.

And yes, I've walked when it was 2 degrees outside and a foot of snow on the ground. I do what I can to not miss those lunch walks, and really it's more for the latter reasons than the exercise reasons.

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I'm in the same boat. I try to walk even if just a little bit once x hour. If it's a nice day I walk in the parking lot for 10-15 minutes once x day. That wouldn't work if I had to dress up but I work in technology so it's super casual. I just finished reading "Get up" by James Levine talking about sitting disease so this is really on my heart to move more. I asked my manager if the company would buy a standing desk but haven't heard back yet. I will buy one myself if they say no.



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I sweep and mop the floor at work everyday.



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I also sit all day. I do calf raises, squats, lunges, donkey kicks, triceps dips, little things like that when I get up (every hour).



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I do all those too. Walk to the farthest bathroom. Walk around the parking lot if it's nice. Our desks and cubicles are modular so I had them raise my desktop so I could stand up. Sometimes I'll do a few squats or something similar while waiting for my lunch to heat up. Push ups against the wall. That office workout that was posted was helpful.

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I agree with the suggestion of including a walk (even if only just 15-20 minutes) during your lunch break. Also, use the stairs when you can - even if it's just to use the restroom on another floor.

Also, try Coach Nicole's Desk Workout Video for ideas. www.sparkpeople.tv/video.asp?id=674

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I'm in the same boat. I try to get up and walk around at least once and hour. I also try to walk at least part of my lunch hour. It's not easy to walk outside now due to unpredictable weather, so I do laps around the floor or walk around the lobby (it's a big building). A lot of people on my floor do the same thing.

Another good option is an exercise ball. A few of us have them and we sit on them while working. It helps strengthen your core and is fun to bounce emoticon

Some days I feel like I don't get up at all, but I try to move around as much as possible. I don't have a standing desk either, so when I'm just reading documents or references (I'm a lawyer) I stand up and pace around my office while reading.

Just do what you can, when you can.

Good luck!

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Hi Everyone,

I work a typical 9-5 desk job and am in a cubicle all day. I get up to walk to the bathroom once an hour and fill my water bottle too. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions of how to get more moving around in during my work day?

I do not have a standing desk, which I would love someday. Thanks!

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