Many of us feel chained to our computers or desks during the work hours due to the nature of the job. We spend most of the day sitting down for hours at a time focusing on our work which can lead to numerous negative health impacts. Here we look into the simple steps that we can take to help stay active in the office.
There are a few health and fitness advisers that feel a standing desk is more beneficial for body posture, productivity and motivation. If a standing desk isn’t possible then a few simple adjustments to chair and table height can massively lower any undesirable effects from sitting for hours at a time. Another small change that can help with posture and the dreaded slumping is sitting on a stability ball rather than a chair which will increase your posture and activate your core muscles.
Make the most of your break
Lunch breaks are a very important part of a work day where you refuel and revitalise your body. A good way to keep you motivated for the rest of the day is to take a short part of your break and head outside for a walk. This will allow your body to stretch and your mind to step away from the screens and rest. It allows time for you to reflect over your work and put you in a more positive mind set for the rest of the afternoon
Simple switches can make all the difference to your body. Instead of taking the elevator up to your office why not switch and take the stairs. This will help you burn a few more extra calories as well as get your blood flowing which is proven to boost your energy levels ready for the day ahead. If your floor is too high then judge the right amount of walking before getting the elevator.
Stretch it out
We find ourselves in a bad posture from sitting at a desk too long. Make a conscious effort to get up from your desk for small breaks to walk to the water machine, a toilet break or even a two minute walk around the office to stretch those muscles and give your mind a breather. Instead of emailing or phoning a colleague in the building, if possible, walk over to their desk to speak to them. Small walking breaks are shown to have an increase in energy levels and productivity.