Do you want to change your sedentary lifestyle at work? There are a lot of ways; check our easy-to-follow tips to improve your ways before it’s too late.
From CEOs to rank-and-file workers, many people work in an office. Many success stories, stellar achievements, and inspirational stories stem from the four walls of a corporate office.
Unfortunately, there’s a caveat. Office workers are mostly stuck in their workstations, making themselves sedentary. What is a sedentary lifestyle in the workplace? It’s a working environment where teams are stuck in the same place and the same position for the entire workday.
We understand that you have to work, but having a sedentary lifestyle is not healthy. However, there are ways to mitigate this by being active and using some cool office tools.
Tips For Overcoming a Sedentary Office Lifestyle
Here are some tips to help keep you active if you’re one of those people with low-activity occupations.
Work while standing.
According to the Orthopedic Hospital of Wisconsin, there are several benefits of working while standing up. Some of these include:
- lesser back pain and shoulder pain
- burns calories
- improves your posture and mood
- better concentration and focus on your task
- makes you more efficient at work
The SpaceCo Scissor Lift Keyboard Platform allows you to work comfortably while in a standing position in your workstation. The platform lifts and secures your keyboard and mouse up to 9 inches. In addition, setting up the platform is easy; just place it on top of an existing table. No tools or table modifications are required for setting up the SpaceCo Scissor Lift Keyboard Platform.
Stand up once in a while.
Most office assignments and roles are considered low-activity occupations, which means you stay in one position---usually sitting down---for hours at a time. This is often stressful, exhausting, and unhealthy. In worse cases, it could lead to excess body fat, high cholesterol levels, hypertension, and other negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
That’s why it’s advisable to stand up once in a while, around 5 to 10 minutes per hour of sitting down. The Gold Touch Easy Lift Pro Stand Desk allows you to raise your keyboard, mouse, and monitor with an easy-lift system. Thus, you can change positions easily without having to stop your work. The standing desk is carefully counterbalanced, so you won’t have to worry about your computer tipping over.
Support your working position.
As mentioned above, standing up while working on your task helps keep you healthy and focused. Be comfortable in any position with the HealthPostures 5050 Stance MoveSit-Stand Chair. This unique padded chair can be adjusted to support your legs and lower back even while standing. With your body supported, you minimize the pressure on your feet, making you comfortable even while standing for long periods.
The heavy-duty HealthPostures 5050 Stance MoveSit-Stand Chair also has casters that allow you to move the chair wherever you want to.
Support your feet while sitting down.
Need to sit down for hours? You don’t have to be still while sitting down. You can still avoid immobility and lethargy by moving your feet. The Healthpostures 4000 Rocking Footrest allows you to rock your feet and encourages leg motion in an action that effectively stimulates muscles and blood circulation. It’s easily adjustable; to change your feet’s position, simply apply pressure.
Take a break.
You’re not expected to stay at your workstation for the entire day. Take advantage of your breaks. Walk down the hallway to stretch your legs. Go down to the ground floor to buy some coffee or food. Walk back up to the office using the stairs.
There are so many things you can do to make yourself mobile.
Walk to offices, sections, and departments for meetings.
Avoid inter-office intercom calls, chats, or video conferences. If possible, simply go to the office, cubicle, department, or conference room---physically! Not only does it keep you mobile, but face-to-face interactions are catalysts to meaningful and productive relationships.
Many jobs have the most sedentary lifestyle. However, you don’t have to be sedentary. Using the tips above and taking every opportunity you can to be active and mobile will definitely keep you healthy and happy.