Like many of you, I work in an office. A typical day entails waking up, getting ready and heading in for a day of sitting at a desk, staring at a screen. While I enjoy my job and find most of my daily activities to be mentally stimulating, the physicality of the job is another story. We’ve heard it a thousand times…sitting is terrible for you, but if you’re like me (with your head in the sand) you can never really grasp why. Well folks, it’s pretty darn scary. Prolonged sitting is causing numerous health issues such as kidney disease, depression, obesity, cancer and cardiovascular disease. YIKES! Don’t fret however, there is no need to quit your job to become a cross country runner just yet. Find out what we can all do to offset these risks here.
Help! I sit for a living! What do I do?
1 Invest in a sit-stand
Height adjustable desks like this compact, mobile station from Jesper, are on the rise. Switch off between sitting and standing and eventually you’ll find standing to feel more natural.
2 Switch typical seated meetings for walking meetings
This may be trickier if note-taking is involved, but many interviews or meetings with colleagues can be done while walking around the block, or even started on the way to a coffee shop and debriefed on the walk back. Your body and waistline will thank you. Check out a “Guide to Walking Meetings” here.
3 Take the stairs
Even if you work in a high-rise, adding some stair-climbing to your day is do-able. Work on the 40th floor? Get off on the 35th and climb the rest. Live in an apartment? Try it at home, too.
4 Drink more water
Wait, what? Okay, this sounds a tad off topic, but the more water you drink throughout the day equals more trips to the water cooler. For me, my office is upstairs and the cooler is downstairs so I get my stair climber minutes in there and of course, all the wonderful benefits of good ‘ol H2O.