Did you know that across a 14- or 15-hour waking day, we’re getting 55-75 percent sedentary time? Being tied to your desk rather than being on your feet all day can contribute to that high figure and adversely affect your health, putting you at increased risk for many injuries and illnesses.
Don’t fall victim to a sedentary lifestyle if you work at a desk job. Here are a few ways that I try to stay active during the day:
1. Walk and talk. Meetings are inevitable but instead of scheduling your next one in a conference room, have a walking meeting. It gives you a chance to get some extra steps in (see tip No. 3 below), and it’s a much healthier approach to a meeting.
2. Opt for a standing desk. Sitting all day can result in lower back problems and bad posture if you’re not careful. Change it up a little and opt for a standing desk. I choose to stand for any web meetings that I take from my desk. My back thanks me for this break from the routine. Check out these DIY standing desk ideas on Pinterest for inspiration on how to make such an improvement ergonomically.
3. Stay No. 1 on your leaderboard. If you track your daily steps (I use Fitbit), stick to your goal. And ask a few of your friends to join you for a little friendly competition. It will motivate you to find ways to get in more steps throughout the day (like taking the long way to the kitchen).
4. Walk instead of email. In today’s world, we rely on email so much. If you have a quick question for someone, walk across the office to talk to your coworker instead of sending an email for better health. But remember, try to keep your “fly-bys” to less than 90 seconds so you’re not the “Suzie” of your office.
5. Clear your inbox out on the go. This is one I recently started doing. If I need to spend some time dedicated to regaining control of my inbox, I’ll take a walk and crank through my emails as I get some exercise. If it’s a nice day, I’ll enjoy the outdoors while doing it. But even on rainy days, you could always spend 10 minutes on the treadmill while getting your inbox to zero.
I’m always looking for more ways to stay active during the day. If you have some ideas, tweet us @ShareFile or share your tips in the comments below!