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Improving work health

For a vast majority of us work means sitting at a desk from 9am to 5pm, along with the work day commute that also has us sitting in the car. The health effects of living a sedentary life style are extremely negative, yet there are ways to avoid these even if you spend most of your hours needing to be at a desk, and improve your work health as well.

It is recommended that we try and get at least two hours of standing time a work a day. This may seem like a lot but it doesn’t have to spent all at once. Try taking a phone call standing up. Being able to move while talking can actually improve our attention spans, as physical activity is known to improve attention span. That said, if you need to talk to someone in your office suggest a walking meeting. If its a nice day this will not only get you moving and out of your seat but also into the fresh air, which is always a nice break from being indoors. Another way to get on your feet is to invest in a stand desk. The stand desk is trendy, gets you on your feet and is a conversation starter in the office. The more people that notice a stand desk and ask about its benefits are more likely to also invest in one. Improving the overall health of your office and increasing productivity.

The benefits of standing are immense, they decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and joint problems. Standing also keeps your metabolism up. Sitting for just 30 minutes can decrease metabolic rate by 90%.

If work does find you sitting down for a majority of the time, make sure to practice maintaining good posture as well as finding time to take a quick break. Take a lap around the building or go for a quick walk down the block at lunch time. Even opting for the stairs over an elevator is a perfect way to fit in a quick few minutes of added physical activity at work.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and so does finding a few minutes to stand up and get moving!

 

(Sources: Huffington Post, Washington Post, University of New Hampshire, WebMD, Monster)