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Burn some calories at work

• Get social - Organize a lunchtime walking group. You might be surrounded by people who are ready to lace up their walking shoes - and hold each other accountable for regular exercise. Enjoy the camaraderie, and offer encouragement to one another when the going gets tough.

• Conduct meetings on the go - When it's practical, schedule walking meetings or brainstorming sessions. Do laps inside your building or, if the weather cooperates, take your walking meetings outdoors.

• Pick up the pace - If your job involves walking, do it faster. Keep your chin up and your shoulders slightly back - and remember to breathe freely while you walk.

• If you travel for work, plan ahead - If you're stuck in an airport waiting for a plane, grab your bags and take a brisk walk. Choose a hotel that has fitness facilities - such as treadmills, weight machines or a pool - or bring your equipment with you. Jump-ropes and resistance bands are easy to sneak into a suitcase. Of course, you can do jumping jacks, crunches and other simple exercises without any equipment at all.

Remember that anything is better than nothing. Make it fun and get others involved. You will feel better, refreshed, and have a more productive day with a little movement added in.

Corinna Maggy is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist. She can be reached at corinna@adkbikeranch.com or 605-3549. The information contained within Health Matters is not a substitute for professional medical examination, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your physician before starting an exercise program or beginning any nutritional regimen.

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