A lack of exercise can greatly contribute to obesity and poor health. So what can be done if you work in a job that requires you to be at a desk for eight or more hours per day? Fortunately, there are some techniques you can use to reduce the impact of those long hours in a chair. Try these four tips for getting your activity level up.
Track Your Activity
Sometimes it can be tough to structure more exercise into your day, but there are still opportunities to get some steps in. With any of the countless devices and apps for tracking your activity, it is easy to gather all the exercise you get into a single place. It doesn’t matter if it is broken up all through the day as long as you get the total distance, and with an app or pedometer to keep count, you’ll stay encouraged and focused.
Be Less Efficient
A good worker focuses on being as efficient as possible on the job, but you can also benefit by re-training yourself to be a little more wasteful with your walking. If you work in a multi-story building, use the steps instead of the elevator, and go to another floor to use the restroom. Park as far as you can from the building, and repeat that for any other stops you have through the day.
Not all seats are created equal. Some are better for your posture and circulation. Truckers who use ISRI seats find their mobility is better after many hours on the road, reducing stiffness and making it easier to feel like going for a walk at the end of the day. Office chairs and other equipment have a big impact in both the short and long term on our health and how we feel.
Use Breaks to Move
Hours of data entry or phone calls don’t permit much movement, but you can make good use of your down times to get some activity. Instead of hanging at the water cooler the whole 15 minutes, walk a few flights of stairs or take a couple trips around the building. You won’t burn a lot of calories, but your circulation and flexibility will definitely benefit from the additional movement.
Technology has put fewer and fewer people to work in physical labor but added many of us to the desk job population. The long hours and days without movement can be bad for your health, so take some time to get yourself some physical activity along the way.
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.