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Work that body while at work

Work that body while at work

Exercising at your desk won't make you an athlete, but it might keep you alive, experts say.
"If your goal is to get protection from 'all-cause mortality,' it's fine," says Ethel Frese, associate professor of physical therapy with St. Louis University.
All-cause mortality is death from lifestyle diseases - heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, certain cancers - diseases that can be prevented by eating right and exercising.
"It's different from someone who wants fitness like an athlete might," she said. "A lot of people have the idea that you have to be a runner or a serious biker; you really don't. The intensity level of an activity can be much less than people think."
The best results, says Frese, come from a 10-20 minute walk during lunch, using the stairs, walking to deliver a message rather than using the phone, parking farther away from your office, anything that accumulates movement over the day.
"If I just want some protection from diseases ... then the general recommendation is to get about 1,000 (extra) calories of activities a week," she said.
When long walks aren't possible, you can still do moves at your desk.
One example, "I recommend standing up then sitting down slowly in your chair," Frese said.
Nick Viviano, a fitness consultant for the Defense Department's office downtown, believes "health is more than cardiovascular fitness."
"It's stress management, flexibility, your mental attitude. It all contributes to health."


Updated : 2021-03-03 13:03 GMT+08:00