Healthy Living: The Benefits of Walking at Work

Most office jobs keep people glued to their seats for hours on end. Often unavoidable, this necessity to work while sitting is the foundation of many sedentary lifestyles. Not only does sitting for extended periods of time have a negative impact on the body, it can also muddle up the mind. As more scientific evidence comes out revealing how damaging the sedentary lifestyle can be, more office workers are fixing the issue by adding a bit more walking to their daily routine. Learn more about how walking at work can help improve your health.

Healthy Living: The Benefits of Walking at Work

Walking Helps Strengthen the Body

It’s obvious that exercising more improves health, but one of the reasons why most people don’t start adding a walk to their work schedule is because they have a hard time believing that walking for 15 or 30 minutes a day can produce any major results. While walking won’t burn as much fat or as many calories as running, it will burn calories, boost the metabolism and maintain the body’s muscle. Walking also helps build stronger bones and reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems like high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes.

It’s Good to Get Away from the Chair

Sitting down for extended periods of time, day after day, week after week, isn’t exactly what our bodies were meant to do. A huge part of the reason why sitting is so bad for the body is because it typically goes hand in hand with bad posture, decreased blood flow (particularly to the legs), unnecessary strain on the lungs and spine–and therefore a decrease in the amount of oxygen distributed evenly around the body. These things aren’t taking place as soon as we sit down. They build up over time–and can be prevented with a daily walk.

Walking Also Improves Your Mood

In addition to staving off larger health problems and preventing muscle loss, daily walking routines can also help improve mental health. All those things that benefit the body also benefit the mind, while simple things like a change of scenery, socializing with walking buddies or just getting out into fresh air can have a direct and immediate impact on improving how we feel during the day. A lot of it has to do with blood flow. Getting up and walking gets blood and oxygen flowing to the brain, improving focus while decreasing stress levels.

And Optimizes Your Other Workouts

Walking at work has the highest benefit for people who try to remain active outside of work. Many people try to compensate for sedentary lifestyles by hitting the gym on a regular basis. However, exercising outside of work to make up for hours upon hours of sitting in one place might not be enough. Simply put, sitting all day at work might cause more damage than high-intensity workouts at the gym can make up for. On the positive side, walking a few minutes every hour, or for 15 to 30 minutes at lunch, can make exercise outside of work even more effective. Whatever walking option you choose, remember to drink more water during the day.

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If you’re tired of sitting at your desk all day and want an easy way to start improving your health, a short walk during working hours might be the solution for you. Find easy, slip-on shoes for work walking, fitness bands for stretching at home and fitness apparel to get you moving outside the workplace with products from LTD.

LTD Essentials: Productive Rainy Day Activities

Right now most of us are experiencing our fair share of rainy days. As our gardens bask under overcast skies and soak up everything from sprinkling showers to torrential downpours, we’re busy shaking off our umbrellas and preparing for a day indoors. But there are benefits to being stuck inside on a rainy day. Here are a few productive rainy day activities to transform those gloomy hours into time well spent.

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Focus on Fitness
If you’re stuck inside, use your morning to fit in a refreshing workout. The Zumba Gold Live It Up 2-DVD Set is a fun dance-fitness program that makes working out feel like a party. It features upbeat Latin and world rhythms, with easy-to-follow dance steps that let you exercise at your own pace. The first DVD gets you moving to salsa, flamenco, and includes interviews with nutrition experts. The second DVD features different cardio endurance and balance exercises with warm-up and cool-down routines.

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Plan a DIY Project
A rainy day is an opportunity to get work done around the house, especially some of the projects you’ve been putting off. The 19” Angle Level Tool is perfect for completing a variety of DIY projects. Each arm features a 19” ruler, one with storage for two metal prongs that serve as a compass and the other for a contractor pencil. It precisely determines angles between 0 and 270 degrees, with two bubble levels for horizontal and vertical alignment. Great for home repairs, installations, hanging pictures and more!

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Tidy Up the Garage
Being cooped up in your garage on a rainy afternoon is great if you’ve been meaning to get organized. With Magnetic Accessories for Tool Chests, you can make your tools and accessories easier to find. The vinyl Magnetix Toolbox ID Labels won’t damage your tool chest like ordinary sticker labels. The Set of 2 Shelves are equipped with powerful magnets on the back, strong enough to support heavy contents and easy to move when you need the extra storage space.

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Creative Collage
If spring showers got you trapped inside, use the time to create a piece of home décor your family will love. Set of Two 20-Photo Wall Collages make it easy to display and protect your most precious photos. Each collage holds 10 horizontal and 10 vertical 4” x 6” photos in plastic sleeves, giving you the freedom to switch out photos as many times as you want. It’s made of sturdy PVC and has an attractive header with a sentimental word or phrase. Reinforced eyelets make them easy to hang almost anywhere in your house.

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Good Family Food
One of the best places to spend your rainy day is in the kitchen, especially if you’re in the mood to try out a brand new family recipe. Taste of Home Easy Weeknight Dinners offers you a simple and delicious recipe for every weeknight of the year, from Crumb-Coated Ranch Chicken to BBQ Meat Loaf Minis. Make meals using the oven, grill, slow cooker or stovetop. Sections include: 30 Minutes to Dinner, 5 Simple Ingredients, No-Fuss Slow Cooker, Leave it in the Oven and more! Photos with each recipe. 352 pages.