As recent studies have found, if you don’t spend enough time standing upright and instead sit for long hours of the day, this could be putting you at risk for disease while decreasing your life span. Luckily, there are small changes anyone can make at work to stop yourself from getting in a sedentary slump.
1. Look Up! – Constantly gazing at a computer screen can create eye strain after long periods of time, so help yourself by looking at something a couple yards past your screen for several seconds for every 20 minutes or so of screen time. Placing your screen at eye level, and not significantly below, can also prevent neck discomfort. So if you’ve a desktop lower or heighten your seat level according to the screen, and
2. Take Water Breaks – We don’t just mean sip more water at your desk, but making an effort to get up and walk over to the office water fountain. Drinking more water during these small walking breaks decreases your time sitting down and also might make you pee more (giving you more incentive to walk more often with bathroom breaks).
3. Walk and Talk – For your next meeting, schedule it outside instead of that same boring office space. Short bursts of exercise like this improve activity and concentration for up to two or three hours afterward, so walking through a park or simply down the street while going over the weekly details with a coworker is a great way to freshen up your mind and keep up for focus all while getting your feet moving.
4. Take a Stand – Try setting up a workplace where you can stand and work at your computer instead of sitting behind a desk all day. This is one of the easiest and most consistent ways of cutting down time spent in the sedentary position. Rise to the challenge by getting rid of your chair and get work done with the peace of mind that you’re saving years of your life.