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Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Ever heard of ‘Instant recess’? #ResolutionCheckIn


Tina Bauch teaches HoopDance, a hula hoop fitness class, at Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center in Manassas. (Sarah Lane/The Washington Post)
If you’re still struggling to keep your New Year’s Day fitness resolutions, MisFits columnist Vicky Hallett has stumbled upon a revamped way to stay fit during the day: “Instant Recess” in the workplace.

Lunchtime walks or group dieting programs have been popular for years, but Hallet found in her column that momentum is building locally around the Instant Recess concept, better described as a 10-minute “stretching and strutting” session conducted by groups of people in the workplace.

This newfound popularity makes sense; over the past year, the benefits of staying in motion to prevent a sedentary lifestyle have been trumpeted as accomplishing everything from preventing heart disease to reducing depression. In other words, the more people who work on staying in motion during the workday, the better.

The movement (literally) might be paying off: Slightly fewer American adults were obese in 2011 than in 2010 or 2009, according to a poll released Tuesday by Gallup.

Do you have a program like this where you work? Let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, here are tips to get the program launched in your office, a roundup of Post-approved workplace moves and a video for inspiration:

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