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5 Ways to Stay Active During the Day

Have a sedentary job and looking for ways to sneak some activity into your day? We got you! Here are some fun and effective tips to keep your body and mind stimulated during your workday. 

 

1. Get a standing desk 

Standing desks are becoming more common in most 9 to 5 workplaces. Why? Probably because they have many benefits that could enhance your physical and mental health. For one, standing alone burns up to 170 more calories compared to sitting. You also have more wiggle room to move when you're on your feet. Because you are constantly stimulated and engaging more muscles when standing, this can even result in an enhanced workflow. It might be worth it to ask your boss if you can have an adjustable standing desk to get some movement in your body!

 

2. Track your steps

Tracking your steps is a great way to get you motivated, manage your weight, and pay more attention to your health. It’s also super easy to do! There’s a lot of cool new technologies including apps and fit watches that track your steps, heartbeat, calories burned, and even your sleep patterns. They’re quite easy to use and encourage you to compete with yourself in trying to reach your daily steps. 


3. Move when you are waiting

This one is simple. If you find yourself in a situation where you are waiting for some photocopies or a meeting, just keep moving. Take a couple laps around the office, do some squats, or some arm stretches. You can even get your coworkers involved if they ask you what you’re doing. Whenever you are out of your seat, do something that gets your blood flowing.


4. Visit with your colleagues

Why not just walk over to your coworker’s desks to pass along a message? Or even encourage them to start moving more with you? A great way to be active as well as social is to visit your work peers. This could even lead to office workout challenges and a stronger sense of office comradery. 


5. Drink more water

Challenge yourself to drink more water during your workday. The benefits of drinking around 10, 8 ounce glasses of water includes getting up and walking to the kitchen, heading to the bathroom, and obviously, maintaining a healthy water intake. This activity may not seem like much, but you are doing more good than you know. 


Sitting behind a desk is a task that most people will have to do at some point in their lives. These tricks can hopefully encourage you to get moving, and maybe to get those around you to do the same!



References

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-benefits-of-a-standing-desk#section3
  2. https://www.medibank.com.au/livebetter/be-magazine/exercise/13-ways-to-be-more-active-in-the-workplace/
  3. https://thriveglobal.com/stories/7-pro-tips-for-making-your-work-day-more-active/