National Get Fit, Don't Sit Day

Wednesday, May 6th

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May 6th is the American Diabetes Association’s National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day. We encourage everyone to participate.

You may have always known that exercise is good for your health, but you didn’t likely know until recently that too much sitting is actually bad for your health! In fact, the American Diabetes Association recommends that everyone, including people with diabetes, limit the amount of time they spend sitting. Get up and get moving at least every 90 minutes.

Here are a few ideas to get you moving -

Calf-raises while standing
Sit on a physioball ball instead of a chair
Take a walk break before, during or after your lunch break
Take the stairs instead of the elevator
Walk or bike to work

Do some seated or standing vertical push-ups at your desk
Jog in place occasionally next to your work station
Plan some meetings as a "walk and talk" meeting
After completing some work tasks, walk a lap around the office
Do bicep curls with your coffee mug or water jug
Use a pedometer or a mobile step counting application
Walk around the office before you leave work
Walk to co-worker's office rather than email or calling them
If available, do some stair walking breaks during the day
Get up and move every 30 minutes on the job
Brisk walk down the hall to the bathroom, copier, etc.
Use the farthest bathroom in the building
Walk around the building whenever you want a stress relief break
Get up and move every time you drink more water
Do some leg extensions at your desk
Do lunges or speed-walk to or from lunch
Upon standing, balance on one leg and then the other leg before walking

Park at the far end of the parking lot instead of the spot that is closest to the door

Take an evening walk around the neighborhood with your kids, spouse, a friend or your dog