How To Be More Active At the Office
How do you find time to be active between a busy work week, responsibilities at home, and actually having a little fun from time to time?
If you’re one of those people that doesn’t enjoy being active as a hobby, it can be that much harder to find time. But the benefits of an active lifestyle have been proven over and over again. Even more so are the benefits of being active at work. Moving stimulates the brain and re-energizes you, which is why it’s encouraged to take breaks throughout the day.
Be Active To and From The Office
If you are close enough to walk, bike, or jog to the office, this is a great way to start your day! Even if you get off the train a few blocks early and walk, you will still get a jump start on activity for the day. Plus, a nice walk or ride can really help you de-stress after a long day. Use that time to make a mental shift from work to relaxing at home. By the time you get there, you’ll be in a much better mindset to spend time with your family.
Set Up Your Active Office
There are so many more options nowadays for active office furniture. Sit-to-stand desks, ergonomic chairs, and treadmill desks are just a few ideas. If investing in active furniture isn’t possible, try standing every 30 minutes to reverse the hunchback effect of sitting. Set a timer if you have to! Wearing a fitness tracker can encourage you to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Keep a pair of comfortable shoes in a desk drawer for breaks if your office dress code doesn’t allow them.
Incorporate Activity Throughout Your Day
Aside from taking regular breaks, there are other ways to creatively incorporate activity into your day. Volunteer to make that coffee run down the street or walk to lunch with some coworkers. Put some life into that boring weekly meeting by making it a standing or walking meeting. Research shows that it will increase efficiency, creativity, and encourage better conversation.
Next time you need to talk to a coworker, walk over to their desk instead of just calling or emailing. In addition to getting some steps in, you may actually have a more productive conversation in person.
Being active at work any way you can will certainly improve the quality of your health and your work experience. It’s worth it to take a few literal steps towards making some changes at the office.