Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How to Sit Less at Work

It’s no surprise that the sedentary office lifestyle is bad for your health. While the “economy class blood clot” for long flights appears to be a myth (despite what your mother told you), the simple act of getting up and walking around is good for you.

Fast Company has a useful list of 10 ways to ensure you get off your rear end and walk around. So use some of these tips. It’s for your own good.
  1. Get a step counter like a Fitbit or Jawbone Up.
  2. Set an alarm to get up and walk around.
  3. Stay hydrated — it’s healthy on its own, and you’ll have to go to the bathroom more. Win-win!
  4. Eat somewhere other than your desk — and walk there!
  5. Take a walking meeting instead of sitting at a table.
  6. Alternately, schedule a standing meeting. It’s not exercise, but at least you’re not sitting down.
  7. Pace while you’re on the phone, unless you need to sit to take notes. (Some of us do this naturally anyway.)
  8. Get a standing desk (or, better, a treadmill desk, although they’re not cheap).
  9. Visit your colleagues face-to-face instead of firing off an email. This can help lower the risk of misinterpretation, too.
  10. Use that office gym, if you’ve got one! Even just a 30-minute walk on the treadmill can burn calories without getting you too sweaty.
Do you have any other tips? Leave them in the comments!

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