We have all heard that “sitting is the new smoking” but what can you do when your job requires you to sit from 9-5? Not everyone has the space or means for one of those fancy treadmill desks or even a desk that allows you to stand all day. Sitting for too long results in a sedentary lifestyle which in turn results in higher risks of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
So what can be done to help combat the risks? Here are some tips to make sure your life does not become so sedentary in the office.
1. Drink Plenty of Water
Water is essential for health. It supports the digestive system, increases your metabolism and even curbs cravings. Drinking enough water will also force you to get up from your desk at least once an hour not just for a bathroom break but to refill your water bottle. Keep at least a 16oz cup at your desk and even setting a timer to remind you to drink will help your consumption. We’ve also found that keeping it right next to your mouse or near our dominate hand makes us more likely to reach for our water.
2. Learn How to Sit
As you perform an exercise, you are are aware of your form. Having the wrong form during an exercise can result in injury and sitting is no different. Having the wrong set up can greatly deteriorate your posture and lead to neck and/or back pain. Make sure your chair is set up properly and that you are sitting up straight with good posture.
3. Find Fitness Equipment to Use at Work – Get Up & Move!
The Body Bar and Body Bar Flex are great tools to use in the office. We’re lucky enough to have a few lying around the office to pick up and use as we like. Having something in your vision or setting a reminder every hour or every other hour will remind you to get up and move! We also love using stability balls as our desk chair (click HERE to learn more). Not only do they force us to sit up straight but they are easy to workout on. Just bouncing creates a little workout plus it even helps to improve your mood. The great thing is, these pieces of equipment take up little room and a little 5 minute routine here and there throughout the day can improve your health immensely.
What are some ways you stay fit in your office? Share your thoughts by commenting below.