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Are you sedentary at work?

Many of us spend the majority of our day being sedentary at work and leisure. This may include sitting at a computer, watching TV, driving or standing for long period of time. Research shows that being sedentary for long periods of time increases the risk of chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The less time we spend being sedentary, the better our health will be!



The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines (PDF) recommend adults get at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic physical activity per week to achieve good health benefits.  This can be accomplished in bouts of 10 minutes or more.

Looking for ideas to add a little activity to your work day?

  • Set a reminder to get up from your desk and move around regularly
  • Take the longest route to the washroom
  • Stand up while talking on the phone and at meeting
  • Stretch or walk on the spot.
  • Speak to your co-worker in person instead of emailing or calling them
  • Go for a walk during lunch or breaks.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Resources for Employers

Rediscover the Stairs 

The Rediscover the Stairs toolkit (PDF) provides resources and tips to implement a stair campaign in a workplace.  It encourages employees to take the stairs as an easy way to add physical activity into their day.

    • Stair use burns seven times more calories than taking the elevator
    • It is a great mini-workout helping you gain extra energy
    • Releases endorphins (hormones) that make you feel good





    Creating a Healthy Workplace

    Learn more about your workplace health (occupational health and safety, health practices, workplace culture and community involvement) in three simple steps. Find more information here.