Stuck at a Desk? 4 Tips on How to Stay Active at Work

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Let’s face it, no one likes to sit at a desk, tapping away at a computer for 8 hours or more a day and staring at a computer screen is not the most stimulating occupation. 

Did you know that sitting at a desk all day is more than boring, but bad for your health? Research shows that people who sit at a desk for long periods of time have a 147% higher risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack and an increased risk of diabetes as well.

To keep your mind and body healthy during your long workday at a desk, try staying active at work!

We gathered some of our favorite tips to help you increase your physical movement throughout your workday and break the mind-melting monotony of a desk job. Keep reading to learn which tips made our top 4!

1. Get out of the Office

As tempting as it is to devour your lunch at your desk or in the break room, try leaving the office during lunch. Asking co-workers for lunch recommendations, or going out for lunch as a group, can also be a great way to get to know the people you work with better!

If you’re trying to save money by not eating out as much and you brought food from home, try taking it outside and enjoy your meal in the fresh air!

2. Stand and Deliver

If you don’t have the luxury of leaving your desk, try standing while you work. 
It seems like a small change, but standing at your work station is much better for you than sitting in a chair.

Try suggesting that your office make the switch to more ergonomic standing desks (which sit up higher) instead of standard height desks. If the company chooses not to use standing desks, try using risers to make your computer monitor and keyboard sit higher up to make standing while you work more comfortable.

3. Staying Active in Your Chair 

It may shock you to know how easy it is to keep active while you sit at your desk, but there are a few seated exercises you can do at your desk. Here are a couple of examples of exercises you can do without leaving your desk:

  • Fast feet- alternate tapping your toes as if you were running while seated
  • Chair Squats- think normal squat, but you only go down until your bum hits the chair, then stand back up

4. Take a Break

Taking a quick break to walk around, get some water, or go to the bathroom can improve your mental and physical health. 

You don’t have to take a long break. A couple of minutes of break each hour is enough to see improvements.

Time to Bust a Move!

Give some of these tips to staying active at work and you are sure to notice physical and mental health improvements, and it may even help your workday go by a bit faster.

While we are not saying you should spend half of your day doing power laps (that might get you fired), you should always take time to improve your health and well being. After all, you can’t do your best work if your body is not in its best health!

So, take a deep breath and step away from the computer. Go take a quick walk and keep active. Carpe Diem (seize the day)!