Sitting for long periods endangers a person’s health, so staying active throughout the workday is smart.
How can people with desk jobs incorporate more activity into their day?
Here are four tips to help.
1. Try a Standing Desk
A healthier alternative to sitting, standing encourages movement, and a standing desk makes it possible to get things accomplished without sinking into a chair.
A standing desk can be as simple as a box set on a normal desk to raise a computer to a comfortable height.
For those who do not want to stand all day, systems are available that can be raised or lowered to allow users to alternate between sitting and standing.
2. Use Phone Calls as a Prompt to Move
Office workers often become absorbed in their assigned tasks, so choosing a signal to prompt movement can be invaluable.
Most people are conditioned to respond to a phone, so the device is an excellent reminder.
To fit more activity in the workday without interfering in their productivity, workers can stand or walk whenever they are on the phone.
3. Make Taking the Long Way a Habit
Developing the habit of taking the long way is a simple strategy that makes physical activity in the office feel natural.
It can even start before the workday does if individuals choose to park at a distance from their place of employment.
Once they are on the clock, workers can get in more steps by doing things like choosing to use the stairs instead of the elevator and taking the lengthier route whenever they move around the office.
4. Schedule Exercise
When something is not on the calendar, it is easier to neglect it.
Scheduling exercise helps workers remember their commitment to be active.
This can involve setting an alarm to remind them periodically to get up and move.
Agreeing to meet like-minded coworkers during breaks for walks or quick workouts is another option.
For those who are struggling with the strain that spending long hours behind a desk puts on the musculoskeletal system, regular chiropractic care may be helpful.
Make an appointment today to explore the potential benefits of chiropractic care and learning more about how to stay active during the workday.
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