The Office Quarters Blog
“Stay in Shape While at Work”
We’re sitting an average of 9.3 hours or more a day, and this lack of activity has been linked to health problems like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Staying motivated at work can be hard at times. However, there are ways that you can be fit and keep your job.
Adjustable desks are great. By using a desk that adjusts between standing and sitting, you can eliminate some of those deadly sitting hours, but still relax when you need it. A standing desk can also help you with your concentration, keep you more focused.
By using a desk that adjusts between standing and sitting, you can eliminate some of those deadly sitting hours
Sometimes we can become consumed by our computer screens. Leave a note in your workspace or set an alarm on your phone to remind yourself to get up at least once every hour, even if it’s just to take a stroll to a co-worker’s cubicle to say hello. Spend about 5 minutes stretching your back, neck, arms and legs. This will give you an extra boost and can help increase productivity once you return to your desk. A great excuse to get up and moving is to fill up your water bottle several times a day. Increasing your daily water consumption gives you more energy and helps you feel less sluggish.
Consider a one on one walking meeting rather than sitting behind a desk or in a conference room. Take phone calls while standing. Schedule walks during your breaks. If you drive to work, park farther away, take stairs rather than escalators and elevators.
Don’t skip the most important meal of the day. A good breakfast will start your day off right and keep you on track. Eating shortly after you wake up will help boost your metabolism. If you’re short on time with limited breaks, be sure to keep some healthy snacks and fresh fruit at your desk so you are not tempted to hit the vending machine. A food journal is a great idea to help keep you accountable.
Exercising can be more fun when done with a friend or two. Find someone who also is trying to make fitness part of their lifestyle. The key is to check in with this person and hold them accountable for their fitness goals and in turn they will do the same for you. A friendly competition with coworkers is always a fun way to get everyone motivated.
There is no reason not to prioritize your health, no matter how busy you are. Being healthy is a win-win; it gives you more energy, so that you can be more productive, feel great, and have more of everything in life.