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Exercise at Work!

You Can Also Exercise While At Work – YES! It is possible!

It is common knowledge to a majority of people that too much sitting is bad for one’s health. However, a majority of Canadians work desk jobs and the report that parking one’s body for over three hours a day has the potential of shortening one’s lifespan raises serious concerns. From sitting in their cars, at the work desks, to sitting at home on the couch, a classic day for an average Canadian does not include a lot of time on his/her feet. Regardless of the reasons that may include culture, attitudes, and technology among others, Canadians have increasingly displayed a rigorous generational instance of sitting disease. The sedentary lifestyle of most Canadians has been indicated to pose a risk to a number of health problems. For instance, sitting for an extended period of time has been linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.

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The benchmark for adults to be regarded as being active has been the need to take 10,000 steps per day. However, the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation has released estimates showing that the average Canadian man takes approximately 9500 steps per day whereas the Canadian woman takes even less than 8500 steps each day. Considering that the average stride length of an adult is around 2.5 feet long, walking 10,000 steps is equated to walking five miles or 8 kilometres. Furthermore, while commuting to work and spending 8 hours each day at a desk is imperative for the workers, jogging 8 kilometres after work is not realistic for every person. Therefore, it is important that Canadians fit in some exercises at the work place to remain active. Some of the stretches and exercises that you can fit in at the work place include neck stretch, shoulder stretch, wrist stretch, and finger stretches. Some of the simple exercises that can be undertaken while walking to the kitchen or the copy room at work include lower back stretch, lower leg stretch, hip release, and overall stretch.

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