A recent article in The New York Times highlighted the health risks associated with the lack of physical activity, and more specifically, sitting in a chair at a desk all day. David Hochman, the author, mentions how only one hour of sitting can greatly slow production of fat-burning enzymes and can ultimately contribute to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. After hearing about these risks, Hochman embarked on a “personal challenge” to walk and be more active during the day, a rare feat in car-centric Los Angeles where everyone drives to go jogging, biking, hiking, etc. As a result, Hochman has felt “healthier and more connected” to his colleagues, friends, and the city itself.
Taking some inspiration from Hochman’s article, here are three relatively easy ways you can get in more physical activity during the workday, either at the office or during your commute.
Walking Meetings – This concept is the main highlight of Hochman’s article, and is a great way to get up and out of the office while still being productive. Instead of meeting in the conference room, schedule a walking meeting with coworkers and do a loop around the block while discussing topics on the agenda. You might find that your meetings are more efficient, coworkers aren’t distracted by their phones or emails, and you can meet the recommended daily physical activity at the same time!
Bike With Coworkers – Gather a group of coworkers together and either bike to the office or go on a bike ride after work. Several Arlington companies already offer “group rides” for employees either during the day or before/after work. It’s a fun way to hang out with other company employees, get some exercise, and take advantage of Arlington’s great multi-use trail network.
Get Off the Metro/Bus One Stop Earlier or Later – Did you know that the Rosslyn and Court House Metro stations are less than 0.9 miles apart? The Pentagon City and Crystal City Metro stations are even closer, at less than 0.8 miles apart! Give yourself a little extra time in the morning and walk to the office from a stop that is further away. You’ll get more exercise and allow yourself a little more time to clear your head before the workday!
Try out of one these strategies this month and kick start a healthy routine for the fall season!