With the pace of life we have today, where work tasks seem to never end, where deadlines are seemingly every day; it is no wonder that a working individual tends to disregard his or her own health for the pursue of income. Long periods of sitting can be detrimental to our overall health because it increases the risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. We tend to be physically inactive since we already feel as if it is something we can neglect because our work is the most important. Believe it or not, there is a ton of ways on how you can remain active despite being at work. It doesn’t have to be a gloomy day at work every day. With that said, here are five easy ways how you can be more active at work.
Walk Or Ride Your Way To Work
Leave your car in your garage once in a while. Breathe in the fresh air and exercise your legs by walking or cycling your way to work for some days. Not only will you be able to exercise first thing in the morning, but you could also feel more energized at the workplace because of it.
Practice Standing or Walking Meetings
Not all meetings should be conducted with our backside resting on a chair. Try meeting your teammates while standing up. Perhaps, you may invite them for a walk outside as you talk. Research has shown that standing or walking meetings can increase efficiency as well as camaraderie.
Try Wearing Comfortable Clothing
If given a choice of what clothing to wear for your office hours, settle for those that you feel most comfortable with. Yes, intricate clothes and high heels aren’t a bad idea, but comfortable clothing is found to drive an individual to be more active. And it just makes perfect sense, as with clothing such as simple jeans and shirt, you can feel more relaxed and unrestricted.
Walk To Communicate Within the Office
If possible, opt-in to going personally to your colleagues or coworkers to relay information instead of just emailing it from the comfort of your chair. Doing so will stretch your legs, and most importantly, the practice can increase teamwork, trust, and positive relationship within the office.
Take The Stairs, If Possible
Unless your desk is on the 6th floor and above, you may try taking the stairs instead. If the line is too long for you for the elevator, why not just stretch your legs out and go up the stairs? This can reinvigorate your body for the tasks at hand even before you boot up your computer or relax in your respective chair.