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Get going is good for health!
We all know that physical workout is imperative for us but our nine-to-five is dragging us down. You know what; experts often recommended walking at least 10,000 steps a day. However, for those who have desk jobs, this can be a big challenge. So what’s the solution?
Luckily, knowing how to stay active at your desk job can help you. And, here’s how to get moving even when your boss doesn’t allow too many breaks…
Interrupt Yourself – Well, this doesn’t mean interrupting your work, but just small changes to your routine. We often keep our most used items closest to us but this is a totally wrong approach. Instead of opting for the lazy way out, reorganize everything in a way that you stand up to reach those items. Take the stairs instead of the elevator and walk to the nearby coffee shop. Physical exercise increases blood flow to the brain, helping to stay more active.
Stand Up – Most of the desk jobs don’t allow the employees to stand up and this is really bad for overall health. Something as simple as standing up frequently could help boost your health. You should stand up for at least 1 to 2 hours during a day and should avoid prolonged sitting. Employers can easily incorporate standing behaviors in the office by making just small changes. Best of all, these changes will not negatively affect the productivity. Some of the changes that may be included are using sit-stand desks and standing workstations.
Healthy Work Environment – Incorporating physical activity into your working day has an array of health benefits. It boots cognitive abilities, productivity, and mood. If you are an employer, you can provide your employees with a healthy environment. And, you don’t need to invest hugely to create such an environment, only slight changes are required. Offer your employees a few minutes to meditate and stretch before starting the work. Encourage walking meetings, standing workstations, games to the workplace, and advising on activity and nutrition.
Active Lunch Break – There’s no such office that does not provide lunch breaks and this is the time you can fully utilize. Rather than eating your meal at your computer while working, take a break. Feel the food while you eat and give your mind some rest. Yes, you read it right because your mind needs some rest to stay active the entire day. Leave your workstation during lunch break, have lunch with peers, and take a slow walk while discussing some good habits. This is a great way to remain active for the remaining hours at the office.
Make Small Changes – Being active does not mean that you have to spend 2 to 3 hours at the gym or any fitness center. It’s all about making sight changes in your routine and exercising on daily basis. Start by taking short breaks to move and just make sure you tale 5-10 minute break a couple of times throughout the day. Volunteer for activities that involve using the stairs or just walking. Walk instead of calling or emailing and it gives you the double the benefit.
The idea is to keep moving without making your work suffer. If you’re thinking that walking here and there will be wastage of time. Think about those hours you feel super lazy and don’t work effectively. Including physical exercise is not at all wastage of time; it’s being more productive in less of the time…