One of my biggest struggles now is finding the appropriate time to unplug myself, get up and move. Whether it’s enjoying a family vacation or a day on the lake, sometimes I find my work trumping my relaxation time. I have a feeling that I’m not alone on this.
Did you know that there are studies that show that sedentary behavior, even if you exercise regularly, is worse than smoking? Sitting for 8-12 hours a day can lead to cardiovascular disease as well as Type 2 diabetes. What about the fact that too much blue lights, like staring at a computer or tablet screen, affects your sleep schedule and how alert you are the next day? Are you frightened yet? These facts sure freak me out!
So what can we do to help us get up from our desks, stop looking at computer screens and move? We can first start small. Move your office printer into a different room and walk to get your papers off of the printer. If you need to meet with an employee or coworker, schedule a walking meeting. You can discuss business while doing laps around your building.
Do you find yourself using your in-office intercom or emailing your employees or coworkers? Instead, walk to their office and chat. Now here’s the big leap: invest in a standing desk. It may be hard to adjust to at first, but you’ll soon fall in love with it. Standing desks help get you on your feet and also help improve your posture.
If you’re not sure about the stand up desk, start doing some easy stretches at your desk throughout the day. There are even stretches you can do sitting down! By stretching your limbs and muscles periodically throughout the day, you’ll start finding yourself more awake and productive. Moving around every now and then will get your blood pumping to your brain and help you get through the day.
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