Do you enjoy the energy-inspired boost that comes with a morning workout or evening run? Whether the answer is yes or no, you shouldn't be forced to sit all day at desk, which can certainly leave you feeling sluggish and not motivated. On average, adults in the United States sit for approximately nine to 10 hours each day.1 This sedentary lifestyle can even counteract the effort you put into those great workouts you complete. The good news is, you don't have to sit all day while at work. In fact, there are multiple ways to get your body moving even when project deadlines require you to be at your desk for hours at a time. Keep yourself on your feet with creative furnishings such as standing desks. With these adjustable desks, you can sit when you are fatigued and stand when you need to get your blood pumping. You may find that a standing desk, which is ergonomic in nature, helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
While standing, you have the ability to burn some 170 additional calories more than you would sitting at your desk.2 Increase the amount of calories you burn by turning your workstation into a mini gym. When reading through your email messages or participating in a conference call, perform a few lunges, knee lifts or squats to get your heart rate up and your blood pumping. It might even help you increase your energy level and prevent that dreaded midday slump.
The negative health consequences of sitting all day long go beyond the risk of weight gain. Be proactive about reducing the length of time you sit at your desk. Choose an adjustable standing desk so you can sit when you are fatigued and stand when you need a boost of energy. Another great item to buy is an anti-fatigue mat that helps relieve pressure on your feet while standing. Alternating between a sitting and standing position helps keep your body active throughout the day. Find ways to move around the office as well. Instead of placing your printer next to your desk, install it in another room so you are forced to get up and retrieve your documents periodically. Or, resist the urge to pick up the phone to call a colleague if you can simply walk over to have a chat. Find your own ways to be active on the job and you'll see how much more energy you'll have.
Don’t Take the Pain Sitting Down
It is no secret that a sedentary lifestyle may produce aches and pains that not only impact your comfort level but also your productivity on the job. A stand-up desk may be the solution to switching your lifestyle during the day from sedentary to active. If possible, take the stairs rather than the elevator. Organize a lunchtime yoga class with your co-workers, or walk the perimeter of the building on your breaks. Although standing is usually a healthier option compared to sitting all day, you can also stay active in other ways to improve your energy level and motivation.
Resist the temptation to sit back comfortably and sink into hours of work. Instead, keep your body moving by revamping the furnishing options in your office to include standing desks that positively impact your overall health.
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