Movement in the workplace!
Do you have a desk job? If so, how many consecutive minutes or hours do you find yourself sitting at work?
As you may know, prolonged sitting at work is not great for our overall health and wellbeing.
When we’re sitting for more than 30-45 minutes consecutively, we are not burning the energy we should be, or using our muscles and overall system as it was made to. Various studies have shown that it can increase our risk of weight gain, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease as well as different postural pain syndromes.
What can we do to make sure we are staying healthy at work?
MOVEMENT This can include: change in positions, going for a short walk, performing some light stretches, etc.
Different ways you can increase your overall movement at work:
Every 30-60 minutes, put an alarm on your phone as a reminder.
Start a buddy system. You and a friend can motivate one another.
Try a standing desk or improvise, by lifting your computer with books or other things around the office.
Walking with your colleagues for meetings or to discuss different ideas
Take the stairs to reach your destination inside your work environment
Park further away from the entrance.
Performing these tips on a regular basis may bring numerous health benefits such as reduced aches and pains, improved circulation and improved metabolism. They have also been linked to increased productivity at work as it can help maintain optimal blood flow to the brain, which in turns helps with cognitive function, cognitive speed and attention.
Try out those tips. They will allow you to feel better in and outside of work and in turn, allow you to do more things you love!