You work out at least four times a week, haven’t had a cigarette in years, and eat relatively healthy. And while these things are often imperative to longevity, they may not be enough if you’re sitting behind a desk all day. According to CNN, “the sitting we typically do in a day still outweighs the benefit we get from exercise.”
CNN cites a recent study which indicates that our sedentary lifestyles are killing us softly. Just take a look at some of your daily routine: driving to work, answering emails at your desk, eating lunch, watching a little Netflix before bed— all of these activities are done while sitting. But do not fret! Even those of us who predominately do work at our desks are not doomed. Here are a few tips to keep active in the office:
- Get up and walk! Whether it’s just a minute or two around the office or outside around the block, a couple minutes every hour or so is (literally) just what the doctor ordered. Getting your heart rate up just a few notches and your blood flowing midafternoon can also keep the 2 o’clock slump at bay as well.
- Invest in a fitness tracker like a FitBit or Jawbone and set goals for yourself for different times of the day. (i.e. hit 3,000 steps before 11 A.M.) Some fitness trackers will even alert you when you’ve been inactive for too long!
- Walk on over to your coworker’s office as opposed to shooting them an email.
- Go a step further (pun intended) and keep your work space stocked with healthy snacks. This way if you cannot manage to add too much physical activity into your work day, eating a piece of fruit or a handful of almonds will nourish your body without the high and imminent fall of something sugary.
A sedentary lifestyle increases our chances of heart disease, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes. By simply implementing a few healthy changes to our daily work routine, we not only reduce these health risks, but we can also improve our moods, often resulting in higher office morale. It is the quintessential win-win for everyone!