A growing number of adults work in sedentary office jobs staring at computers. While there are a lot of perks to these positions, you might find yourself worrying about your health when you realize you spend around eight hours every day slouching in an office chair while you stare at a screen. Luckily a few simple changes can be implemented to greatly improve your health while you’re at work.
Take The Stairs
Improving your fitness at work can start before you even make it to your desk. It may be tempting to take the closest parking space to your office and even more so to take the elevator up to your floor, but try to resist. Walking from a further away spot won’t add much effort to your day but can add up to a lot more steps taken every week. You might dread taking the stairs but they’re a great source of cardio to get your day started that you’ll definitely see make a difference if you stick with it!
Exercise At Your Desk
Using a DeskCycle is a great way to keep active while you’re at work. The equipment is small enough to fit under your desk and is so quiet that it won’t disturb your office-mates. Using your DeskCycle isn’t necessarily meant to replace hitting the gym but the low impact workout is a great way to keep you from becoming sedentary at your desk without distracting you from your tasks. That said you can increase the resistance if you would like a more vigorous workout that won’t stress your joints. Many reviewers report better mental clarity while using the DeskCycle while they are on the job, meaning you’ll also be more productive while you work. It also works well at home so you can enjoy an evening of television with your family and still make use of your Desk Cycle.
Getting a gentle workout while you work isn’t the only way to stay healthy in the office. Bring a refillable water bottle with you. The extra water is excellent for your health and can help reduce headaches and feelings of fatigue from staring at a computer screen all day. If you’re trying to watch your figure, drinking water can even help you cut down on snack cravings. Sometimes when we think we’re hungry, we’re really just thirsty! That said, be sure to have a healthy snack ready if you’re still feeling famished!
Get Up And Move Around
Find reasons to get up and walk around your office regularly instead of sitting uninterrupted for hours. This isn’t saying that you should put off your work, just that if you have a chance to get up, you should take it. Walk down the hallway to your supervisor’s office instead of just sending emails when you require clarification. Walking down the hall to the office kitchen to make a cup of tea is a great reason to get up and it’s also a great afternoon pick me up when you’re feeling sluggish.
Take The Office Perks!
Does your office have a gym? Take advantage of it on your lunch break, especially if you find yourself often eating at your desk before your actual break time. This doesn’t have to be a high intensity workout: you could try listening to your favorite podcast or a fun playlist while you walk on the treadmill to keep you moving while you relax your mind. If you want to change into your workout wear, a more intense workout is excellent for clearing your head if you had a stressful day. Don’t forget to stretch and take care of your muscles.
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