Regardless of whether you’re sitting staring into a TV screen or computer, sitting for long periods of time actually changes the way your body works. It slows down metabolism, leading to gradual weight gain.
Here are some ways you can integrate movement into your workday.
Stand up for yourself. There’s no rule that says you have to sit at your desk when talking on the phone. Use a headset to make it easier to stand up and do a few squats or heel raises. Throw in a dozen air circles with your arms and you’ve got a routine that will refresh your body and your mind.
Sit differently. Instead of an office chair, sit on a large exercise ball. It will strengthen your core and improve your balance.
“Accessorize.” Keep a set of weights and/or handgrips in your office and do a few reps after you get back from a meeting.
Stretch. Raise your arms up over your head and interlock your fingers. Slowly bend left and right. Open your palms to the ceiling and lift your chin to look at the ceiling.
Hold a walking meeting. Suggest that you discuss an issue while walking rather than sitting in a conference room or meeting over lunch. Not all meetings are conducive to this, but many are, especially for activities like brainstorming or problem solving. Or you could organize a “walking break” that co-workers could take instead of a coffee break.
The main thing is to keep moving throughout the day — even if only by walking to talk to a co-worker in person instead of emailing or calling. All those small movements improve physical health and mental stamina, leading to a healthier, happier you!
Don’t just sit there!
Do something! Even simple stretches done regularly can improve your circulation and your health. Find more stretches you can do at your desk at WebMD.com by typing “desk stretches” into the SEARCH box.