How To Stay Active At Your Desk

October 8, 2019

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Tips To Avoid Feeling Sluggish At Work

Did you know that sitting at your desk all day long can have similar negative effects compared to someone who smokes cigarettes? It’s easy to underestimate the impact of sitting all day because most Americans do it, and it’s considered the norm. However, according to Time Magazine, “nearly one in four Amerian adults sit for at least eight hours a day.” This was discovered through a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2018. Staring at a computer screen and sitting on a desk chair all day can cause risk factors in your health because you aren’t moving around. By sitting all day, the body isn’t able to circulate properly, which causes weight gain. In addition, your body also tends to allow your body to slouch while being up against a desk all day.

Here are a few tips to stay active during your work day:

  • Invest in a stand-up desk so you can adjust it when you’re tired of sitting/standing all day. By standing instead of sitting all day, you’re more likely to move around and have better posture. Standing up also helps with your blood flow and circulation.
  • Instead of using a regular chair, try and exercise ball. This will strengthen your stomach muscles and cause you to sit up straighter.
  • During your lunch break, try walking outside, or sitting outside while you enjoy your lunch. It’s always good to get some fresh air during the day!
  • Take a break every few hours, whether it’s going to fill up your water bottle, or walking around your office, it’s good to take small breaks throughout the day as it proves to be more effective in your productivity.

Remember, having a desk job doesn’t have to mean you sit all day long. Implement a few of these tips and keep your body moving.

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