If you’re like 86% of American workers, you’ve got a desk job that requires you to spend the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer or at a desk. And while there’s nothing inherently wrong with having an office job, sitting for prolonged periods of time can be bad for your circulation and overall health. Fortunately, there are some ways to keep yourself moving and even get some exercise while you’re at your desk job.
Make the Most of Your Lunch Break
If you work at an office job, there’s a good chance that you get a half-hour or more for lunch. If possible, consider using that half hour to go for a walk around your office building or even outside. You can always eat your lunch at your desk at a different point during the day. Taking a brisk walk for 20-30 minutes can burn about 200 calories and is a great cardiovascular workout.
Invest in a Pedometer (or activity tracker)
Another way to get motivated and stay moving at work is to invest in a pedometer, which tracks the number of steps you take each day. Set a goal to walk a certain number of steps each day while you’re at work. If the day is nearing an end and your pedometer shows that you’re shy of your goal, go for a quick walk around the building. This is an excellent and fun way to keep yourself moving and to avoid sitting in your desk chair all day long.
Consider a Standing Desk
Finally, to improve circulation and burn more calories, look into replacing your desk and chair with a standing desk, which will allow you to stand while you work. You might be surprised at how much of a difference this small change can make in your overall health.
Here are some additional ways to stay healthy at work
- Take Hourly Breaks
- Take your phone calls outside (and for an added bonus, walk and talk)
- Pack a lunch
- Park your car far away from the office
- Take the stairs
Sitting at a desk all day can be taxing on your health. However, by following these simple steps, you’ll be sure to stay moving, burn more calories, and take care of your health.