10 Ways to Beat the Seat at Work

How do you spend your day at the office? According to this article on Mercola Peak Fitness, the average American adult will spend between nine and 10 hours a day sitting, “which is so much inactivity that even a 30- or 60-minute workout can’t counteract its effects” – whoa. The article goes on to say that at the molecular level, the human body was designed to be active all day long, giving the example that within 90 seconds of standing, the muscular and cellular systems that process blood sugar, triglycerides and cholesterol are activated simply by carrying your own bodyweight. When you are inactive for extended periods of time, your body goes into “shut down” mode.  Here are ten tips for ditching the seat at work every day for a healthier, happier life:

  1. Take the stairs. Unless your office is on the 30th floor, challenge yourself to take the stairs over the elevator every chance you get. According to this article on Livestrong, stair climbing is a great way to improve your energy, increase the function of your immune system and lower your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and heart disease – we’re sold.
  2. Incorporate standing into your workday. So maybe the bulk of your work is done in front of your double screens, but how easy would it be to take your next call standing up? Make a point to stand up for reoccurring activities like phone calls, brainstorms, or even reading.
  3. Skip the email and walk over to coworkers. Seriously, how strange is it to be emailing, instant messaging and/or calling the people you work with when you’re all in the same vicinity? Make an effort to walk to their desks when you need to explain something, ask a question, or just want to chat.
  4. Use your lunch break to get some fresh air. Many of us are guilty of bringing our lunch to our desks, and it’s got to stop. A lunch break is a perfect opportunity to rejuvenate and nourish our minds and bodies with movement, fresh air and a balanced meal.
  5. Set reminders to get moving. If you’re notorious for “getting in the zone” (and staying there), set reminders for yourself to break out of it and get your blood flowing. You can walk around, stand up or do some exercises like lunges, jumping jacks, squats or more. Aim for spending 10 minutes of every one hour on the move.
  6. Park your car further away from the entrance. Getting a parking spot up front and center generally seems to be the goal of most people (it can get crazy out there), but not if your goal is to improve your health!
  7. Stretch it out. Sitting all day hunched over a phone, tablet or computer can leave your neck, shoulders, back and hips tight and out of alignment. Stretching is a great way to combat achiness, release stress and hit refresh.
  8. Replace your chair with an exercise ball. If you have to sit, using an exercise ball in place of a chair is a great way to engage your core and improve posture and balance.
  9. Wear VIM & VIGR compression socks. The veins in your legs are working extremely hard to carry blood from the bottom of the body back up to the heart. Alleviate some of the pressure by wearing VIM & VIGR compression socks, which help increase circulation throughout the leg even while you are sedentary. These high-functioning socks will keep your legs energized, decrease swelling and prevent blood clots.
  10. Correct your posture. According to the American Chiropractic Association, good posture is important for keeping the joints and bones in correct alignment, reducing stress on ligaments holding the spinal joint together and preventing muscle strain and pain. For tips on maintaining good posture, visit their site here.

How do you keep your blow flowing and your body engaged at the office?

 


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