We’ve all heard the saying that “sitting is the new smoking,” but what does that really mean? Consider the amount of time you spend at work. You may not think that you live a sedentary lifestyle - you workout regularly and feel like you’re constantly on the go - but if you spend the majority of your workday sitting at your desk your lifestyle is more sedentary than you might think. Ongoing inactivity can increase your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and so much more. The solution to this increased risk is to be more active at the office when you are more inclined to remain sedentary. Let’s talk about some ways you can transform your workday to be more active.
#1 Re-Engineer Your Workspace
This can be as simple as moving your phone across the room or as complex as swapping out your desk and chair for a standing desk converter and exercise ball. Being more active at the office requires you to consider the activities that keep you confined to a chair. Maybe you’re in sales and you spend the majority of your day making cold calls. Investing in a headset that allows you to get up and on your feet while you’re on the phone could be a good start to increase your activity level. Maybe your job requires you to spend hours at a time on the computer and a stylish, sit-to-stand desk converter that can change the levels of your desk without requiring you to completely re-organize your workspace every time you want to change positions.
Take some time to look at how you spend your work day and what you’re doing during the majority of your sedentary time. Analyzing these activities and seeking out alternative positions for performing them can help you be more active at the office.
#2 Schedule Activity Breaks
It is easy to get wrapped up in what you’re working on without even realizing that you’ve sat nearly motionless for hours on end. One great way to be more active at the office is with scheduled activity breaks. It may seem like a counterproductive option to get more out of your workday, but increasing activity levels and blood flow has actually been proven to increase focus and productivity.
Whether you set an alarm on your computer or cell phone or you utilize reminders that are built into activity trackers like Fitbit of Apple Watches, getting up every hour or so for just a couple minutes, even, is a great way to be more active at the office.
#3 Simply Move More
This one requires us to shift our mindset a little. Our digital world is very convenience-oriented. It’s easy to shoot a text or an email instead of walking over to a fellow coworker to ask a question or give an update. Not only will going to the offices or desks of your coworkers help you be more active in the workplace but it will also help you facilitate stronger, better quality relationships with your peers. This effort helps you build a healthy work environment, not only in the physical sense but also in respect to the mindset of your employees.
#4 Make An Effort To Push Yourself
Whether it's parking at the back of the lot instead of the front or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, there are a lot of ways to be more active by simply looking for ways to challenge yourself. Our society has ingrained the idea of taking the path of least resistance to everything. Even when we don’t realize it, we are looking for the easiest and fastest way to get from point A to point B. By breaking out of that mindset and seeking out ways to do more, instead of less, you can easily add more activity to your everyday life.
#5 Challenge Yourself And Your Coworkers
A final way to be more active in the office is to create a workplace challenge. Many fitness accessories like Fitbit or Apple watches make this really easy, but you can encourage this increased activity even without investing in any kind of accessory. Whether you’re challenging employees to see who can take the most steps in a day or doing a friendly nutrition competition, there are a lot of fun ways to encourage a healthier lifestyle in the workplace.
Easy Changes For A More Active Office
Being more active in the office is all about creating an environment that makes it easy to do so. These quick tips can help you shift both your mindset and your environment to facilitate a more active and healthier workplace.
Contact Attollo Desk if you’re interested in learning more about the accessories we offer to encourage more activity in the office.