I used to get restless sitting in college classes hour after hour… until I started working full-time (
nine eight a.m. to five p.m.) and learned what sitting for eight or so hours really feels like.
Sitting on your rear end for long amounts of time is one of the unhealthiest habits us Americans do; researchers have link long bouts of sitting with increased health risks and possible decreased life expectancy.
Read >> Sitting is the New Smoking (Runner’s World)
With a job in corporate wellness, it is ironic to think that while I am working (on my rear end) trying to help others improve their health, my sedentary tasks are a probable detriment to my own health.
If you’re a cubicle warrior like myself, here are some tips to “healthify” your week day, 9:00am to 5:00pm.
1. Stand up (if possible). See if your company can provide a sit-to-stand work station for you. If this isn’t possible, take a break at least once per hour to walk to the restroom or climb a set of stairs for 5-10 minutes.
Video >> 5-minute Exercises at Your Desk (WebMD)
2. Bring your own snacks. Keep a few healthy snack options available near or at our desk – such as Pick-Me-Up Power Bars, Chocolate Espresso Energy Bites, or homemade trail mix – to avoid sugar-laden treats that may be floating around the office (especially during the holidays!).
3. Water, water, water. Keep a reusable bottle of cold water on your desk at all times, and drink up! Not only will this help keep you energized, but it will promote getting up to use the restroom more often ;)
4. Pack your lunch. Take a few extra minutes on the weekend to prep fresh vegetables/salad ingredients, or a hearty soup that can be easily packed for lunch in the office. Eating out daily is not only taxing on your wallet, but restaurant food is often heavier, leaving you to feel sluggish the remainder of the afternoon.
5. Make fitness a priority in your schedule. With a full-time “desk job”, plan to exercise before or after work — find classes at your gym that fit into your day, or schedule workout dates with a friend to keep you motivated to move.