To sit or to stand – that is the question
When you sign up to work in the real world you essentially agree to sit down for at least eight hours a day.Let’s face it friends, this is not good for our bums. Studies are beginning to show just how detrimental sitting for extended periods of time can be.
While reading yesterday (as I sat at my desk) I came across this article in the Huffington Post that goes into detail about the consequences of sitting. Now, I am not trying to be a downer on this beautiful Friday. But, I am trying to give you a heads up and tell you now is the time to take control and stand up!
How can you make changes in your day to day work life to make it a 50:50 ration of sit to stand? Here at Full Circle PR we took it upon ourselves to create a “standing office.” We moved our laptops to a high table, propped them up and got to work.
While standing, we continued to stay focused and work but we also began moving. Leg lifts, neck stretches and squats became integrated into our work routine. It was amazing how quickly my head began to clear as the blood began to flow. It was so freeing to be away from my desk while still feeling extremely focused and productive.
If you do not have the space to create a standing desk here on some tips to keep your body moving throughout the day.
- Get up every hour and stretch your neck.
- Try chair yoga-you may get a strange look at first, but the relief will be worth it.
- Walk up the stairs-make elevators a thing of the past.
- Take ten minutes out of your lunch to walk around the parking lot.
Making good health part of your office environment will create a community of team members who are working towards both the same work goals and a lifestyle of healthy living.
What tips do you have for staying active throughout the work day? Do you find it hard or easy to stick to a healthy routine? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.