A Smart Move Sit Less At Work
Burning calories at work seems almost impossible. When you finally have the chance to get up and move around, it’s probably to get something to eat. This could be extremely hazardous to your health. Sitting for long periods of time is associated with a number of health problems.
A recent study found that participants who spent time more standing and moving in the course of a week, based on a sensitive monitor adhered to their thigh, had lower levels of blood sugar and cholesterol. The benefits were even greater, and including reductions in body-mass index and waist circumference, among those who took more steps during the day.
First, try to notice your “sitting time” at work over a few days or a week. That can make you more aware of when and where you’re sitting too long without getting up. Then try any of the ideas here, and take a stand!
Set an hourly alarm on your phone or computer to remind you to get up and walk for five minutes.
Instead of calling or emailing a colleague, walk over to her workspace- bonus points if you have a walking meeting!
Send documents to the farthest printer; store your lunch in a more remote fridge, use the restroom on another floor- you get the idea.
Do leg lifts or squats while reading documents.