Do you ever find yourself feeling sluggish, lethargic, and unmotivated after spending the day sitting at a desk? It’s all too common for those in desk jobs to become more sedentary and less active during their workday.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! With a few simple changes to your daily routine, you can become more active and increase your energy levels while still being productive. Here are 6 tips to help you stay active while working at a desk job.
Research shows that sitting for long periods of time can have negative effects on your health and wellbeing. A simple solution to counteract this is to switch to a desk which can be raised to become a standing desk, which will keep you more active and alert throughout the day.
It’s easy to get absorbed in your work and forget how important it is to get up and move around. Try setting a timer on your phone or computer that reminds you to take a break every hour or two.
Exercise balls are a great way to stay active while you work at a desk. They provide an unstable surface, which helps to engage your core and improve posture, balance, and coordination. Plus, they can be a fun way to move while still doing your work.
If you're looking to get some extra physical activity during the workday, consider doing some simple exercises at your desk like there from Healthline:
Taking the stairs is a great way to get some extra exercise. Climbing up and down the stairs provides an excellent cardio workout, can help strengthen your legs and core, and burn calories.
Top Tip: if your workplace has more than one bathroom, use the furthest away bathroom or even one on another floor.
There are lots of options for being more active on your way to work, including parking further away, getting off the bus early, or walking or cycling all the way. This can make your commute more enjoyable, and help you get a good dose of activity before starting your workday.
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