Jul 3, 2018

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Interviewer: You hear about the importance of getting up and moving around once in a while during your workday for your health, but why does it work and why should you do it? Certified exercise physiologist Britta Trepp, when I hear that it's a good idea to get up and walk around during the work day once in a while. Why is it that? Why is that so important? What kind of a difference can it make?

Goal: Walk 30 Minutes a Day, Five Days a Week

Britta: It makes a huge difference. The American College of Sports Medicine says now that even moving one to two minutes periodically can add up to meet your 30 minutes per day goal, five days a week. So what we're talking about is even one to two minutes every hour, setting an alarm, standing up every time the phone rings, you can stand up and answer that phone call. Taking all your meetings on the walk or even eating lunch on the go. These are all things that you need buy in from your supervisors and your coworkers but someone has to take the first step and say, "Let's go."

Interviewer: All right. So the recommendation is 30 minutes of exercise minimum, five days a week. And seriously if I set an alarm and I just get up and I just walk to water fountain and maybe I walk to a co-worker's office and have a chat and I've only walked two or three minutes, that little makes a difference?

Britta: It certainly does, even coming up for this interview I was asked if I wanted a parking pass, but I walked. So that's a choice. It's always a choice and it's a good choice.

Benefits of Walking 30 Minutes a Day

Interviewer: Got you. And the benefit of breaking up that time that you're sitting around is more about just adding up cumulative minutes of moving, or is there something else about sitting for eight hours a day that also is, you know, detrimental?

Britta: Right. Sitting for eight plus hours a day is certainly detrimental to our metabolism and a lot of our biological processes. So getting up and moving keeps that blood flowing and we're really talking about return on investment with exercise, all the things that we talk about in terms of health behaviors.

Interviewer: So get up and move is your advice even if it's a couple minutes every single hour or just you've got to chunk that 30 minutes down to manageable amount of time and it doesn't mean I have to go to the gym for 30 minutes.

Britta: Certainly. Not when we're talking about just the health benefits of exercise, those minutes all add up to make a big difference.

Interviewer: All right. But if you're talking about weight loss or something like that, then you might have to consider some additional minutes.

Britta: Certainly.

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updated: July 3, 2018
originally published: August 26, 2017

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