Millions of us have jobs that require us to sit at desks or around conference tables for several hours per day. Many health risks are associated with sitting down for prolonged periods. But if you stay active in the workplace, you can avoid many health problems. Today in this blog, we will discuss how or tips that will help you stay alert and healthy at your workplace. Let’s have a look at them:
Walk or ride at least part of the way to work
An excellent way to stay fit and healthy is to walk to your work if near your home. You’ll notice as you arrive, you’ll be feeling fresh and energized. You can always find ways to make at least part of your trip more active. Get the public service part of the way and ride the rest. Moreover, you can also park your car a kilometer or two away. Try a few different things and see what works for you.
Volunteer for the coffee run
Go out and get your favorite drink like coffee or tea, whatever you prefer, instead of letting someone else pick up for you. Even better, instead of always opting for the nearest choice, you might make it a challenge to find a new place each day for a week. A fast and straightforward way to relax, socialize, and get into some more physical activity is to take a walk with some colleagues.
Have standing or walking meetings
We all have those meetings that go on for an hour but could be accomplished in 15 minutes. Research demonstrates that this can be an excellent way to improve productivity and ensure that things do not drag on indefinitely and get you out of your chair. Attempt to arrange a standing meeting. It can also help alleviate tensions and promote more imagination and free-flowing dialogue by changing the tempo and scenery.
Track your steps
It is a lot easier to be active when you can keep noticing how much you are moving. Yes, there’s a reason everyone is wearing activity trackers like Fitbit. Put one on your wrist to figure out how many steps you take on a typical day, then set a target for yourself every day to build on that number. It can be an excellent way to motivate yourself and keep you reminded of your objectives to track your activity.
Walk instead of calling or emailing
Try to use every opportunity to get up from your desk. Instead of emailing o instant-messaging to your colleague across the room, walk to their desk, and have a chat with them for a few minutes face to face. The steps add up, and the added advantage of getting some social contact is offered to you.
Take breaks to move
Taking a break is essential when you are working. You don’t have to go for a long time. Just make sure you take a 5-10 minute break in the day a few times. It will not only drive you, but it will also help clear your head, so you go back to work feeling a little more refreshed.
Take the stairs
We all know that we’re supposed to take the stairs instead of the elevator, but how often do we do that? The trick is to make it a routine, so you avoid thinking about it each time as a decision you have to make. Start by trying once a day to take the stairs, then work up until it’s automatic.
Take the time at your desk to stretch. An Olympic sports physiotherapist, Mark Alexander, advises standing up every 30 minutes to stretch your chest and expand your back to reverse the hunched sitting posture. This will help relieve pain in the back and neck and make you feel more energized.