5 Ways To Get Active At Work When You Have A Desk Job
If you have a desk job, you may find yourself spending hours upon hours of your week sitting. Over time, this may take a toll on your health and fitness levels.
Sitting slouched over a desk can lead to bad posture. Slumping your shoulders, tipping your neck forward, slouching can place excess weight on the spine, causing alignment problems that can create chronic back pain.
There are a few things you can do to help get active at work:
#1 Stand, Don’t Sit
Try and limit how much you’re sitting. Invest in a standing desk, if possible. If you have to sit at work, take frequent breaks to get up and stretch. Find excuses to stand, when you can, such as when you take a phone call or when you need to walk over to a coworker to deliver a message.
#2 Exercise At Your Office
- Stretch at your desk
- Take a break outside and walk around
- Keep a set of dumbbells or resistance bands near your desk and sneak in a quick strength workout when you can
- Find out if your office has a gym that you can use during your breaks
#3 Walk/Bike To Work
If you live close to your office, try walking or biking to work instead of driving. If that’s not an option, try taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking further away from your office so you get in a little more walking.
#4 Set Aside Time During Lunch
Get active during lunchtime by going for a short walk around your office building or out to lunch. Invest in membership for a gym that’s close to your office.
#5 Challenge Yourself
Set small goals for yourself – such as aiming for a specific number of steps you want to take each day, determining how many minutes you want to exercise each day/week, or bringing in a healthy lunch instead of going out to eat at a fast food joint. Set realistic goals to challenge yourself and keep active.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be tough, but it’s not impossible. If you’re having back or neck troubles related to your desk job, contact us.