How do you get more exercise in your routine when you are working long shifts and the last thing you want to do is to work-out?
“Get moving even if you have to start slow. Exercise increases energy, lowers anxiety and depression, and improves cardiovascular function, just to name a few,” says Conroy.
We’ve all heard of tactics like parking further away from your company’s entrance to walk a longer route, taking the stairs at work and using a wearable physical activity tracker to sneak in more exercise.
Did you know that even minutes a day can add up to something good for you?
In a 2015 study, subjects did small doses of physical activity or light-intensity exercise liked walking around on a coffee break. When it was done for at least two minutes for every hour of sitting, the subjects had a 33 percent lower mortality risk, according to researchers at the University of Utah, School of Medicine.4
More companies are offering wellness incentive programs and workout facilities for their employees use as well.
“I’m blessed to work for an employer that offers a gym on-site so I can take advantage of incorporating exercise into my normal work day,” said Jessica Sverha, RN BSN.
“Try challenging yourself and stay committed – if you are just getting into exercise, understand it might take months for exercise to feel any easier, said Sverha. “There’s only one way to get up any mountain – starting with the first step.”