Healthier Habits: Quick Tips to Get Your Body Moving in the Office

It’s not uncommon to fall into unhealthy patterns when your job involves sitting at a desk with minimal activity requirements for eight or more hours a day. Add to that the seemingly endless temptation of donuts and other sweet treats supplied by the kindness of coworkers, and you’re bound to see an impact on your overall health.

Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.” If you’ve found that you’ve picked up an unhealthy habit or two, here are few quick tips for staying active in the office.

Remember to move
Sitting all day is damaging to your body. Some studies have shown a relationship between sustained sedentary behaviors, like sitting at a desk for long periods of time, and the increased risk of cardiovascular disease. So, it’s important to get up and move regularly throughout the day. However, when you’re deep in the zone on a big project, a few hours can pass without even realizing it.

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to help combat the effects of a sedentary job. Set an alarm on your phone or computer to remind you to stand up and move around once an hour. You don’t have to do a full workout routine, simply taking a minute to stretch at your desk or do a quick walk up and down the stairs can help fight the bad effects of sitting. And, if you can work in about 30 minutes of exercise activity—like walking, cycling, running, etc.—you’ll be on your way to feeling better in no time.

Do simple exercises at your desk
If you’re looking for a little more activity than simply stretching or taking a walk around the office, there are a wide variety of simple exercises you can do from your desk chair. Check out these quick videos from Baylor Scott & White Health:

Get the team involved
Chances are you’re not the only one in the office who wants to live a healthier lifestyle, so why not get the team involved to form a united front? From identifying accountability partners to healthy activity contests, there are many ways to get your team involved. And, if everyone is working toward the same goal, it’s easier to avoid unhealthy choices like picking up donuts on the way to work or going out for fast food at lunch.

What are some ways you keep your body moving in the office? How do you avoid unhealthy eating and snacking habits at work? Let us know in the comments section below.

Disclaimer: These general guidelines do not constitute medical advice. Please consult with a physician to determine the best health practices for your needs.

, ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply