Healthy Office Habits: How to Offset Your Sedentary Job

Recently, the media has been buzzing with reports highlighting the correlation between prolonged sitting and declining health. The Annals Of Internal Medicine analyzed forty seven studies of sedentary behavior and their discovery was shocking: “Prolonged sitting, meaning sitting for eight to 12 hours or more a day, increased your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 90%.[1]

Many of us spend 8+ hours each day sitting down in front of our computer screens. But that doesn’t mean we are destined for declining health, here are some tips to boost activity at the office:

·         Try walking meetings – Rather than sitting in a meeting room to brainstorm, get outside and walk while talking.
·         Standing desks – Growing in popularity, standing desks are a great alternative. Just be sure to stand on a padded mat for additional support.
·         Swap you chair with an exercise ball – Ab exercises between meetings plus improving posture? Win-win!
·         Stretch – Any activity is beneficial, so be sure to take time to stretch frequently.

We love our jobs and spend lots of time at the office. While it can be easy to get carried away in the excitement of a big project, try to remember to get up at least once an hour. Do you have any tips for staying active at the office?