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*This article was last updated May 2020.

“I don’t have time.”

How often have you heard that from your employees (or said it yourself)? In our modern, fast-paced work environment, we barely allow ourselves time to get movement in the workplace by getting up from our desks to eat lunch. Not to mention, find time to get the kids to and from school, make dinner, and drive to the gym.

Maybe it’s time to kill two birds with one stone?

Get your employees moving — even if it’s during lunch

According to Forbes, currently 38 percent of employees say they don’t feel encouraged External Site to take a lunch break. By creating a workplace environment that promotes movement away from the desk during the day shows you have your employees’ well-being in mind — and healthy employees are happier, perform better, and are less absent from work.

An example of movement in the workplace could be a brisk walk to a lunch spot just 10-minutes away, five times a week, gets you 2/3 of the way to the recommended goal. That’s a 20 minute walk there and back per day!

Taking a walk is one of the simplest, safest and most effective forms of exercise and can substantially reduce the risk of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes while also helping weight control, reducing stress, and improving muscle tone.

Proximity to restaurants and weather are factors, but sometimes a little life hack can be just what the doctor ordered when your employees’ time is at a premium.

Easy ways to increase physical activity at work

Research from the CDC External Site shows that less than half of all adults get the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity a week. And, an estimated 67 percent of adults External Site report sitting for more than eight hours per day, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

If you’re looking to give your employees ideas to get active at work to maximize their time, consider the following:

Want to inspire more movement at your workplace?

Are you a current Wellmark customer? Visit the Wellmark Marketing Toolkit to download a fun, motivational game to improve your employees' health and happiness. you can even consider rewarding employees for completing with additional incentives. Search form number M-2320372 Secure Site or reach out to authorized Wellmark representative to learn more.