Are you currently sitting too much throughout the day? Over the years modern day technology has made most of our jobs easier, so we are now spending a ton of time sitting down while we work. Did you know that sitting for long hours is harmful to your health? Stop sitting all day long because it can slowly kill you even if you are currently working out. Most adults today live a sedentary lifestyle, not including those who have disabilities or injuries that prevent or make it extremely difficult for you to work out on a regular basis.
Are you afflicted by the “sitting disease”? If so, use these 10 simple and easy ways to stop sitting all day long. Try a few of these tips to slowly make changes your lifestyle so that you can stop sitting on your butt.
Try Using a Standing Desk
Are you currently sitting at a desk for 8 or more hours a day? Ask your boss if you can get a new adjustable desk so that you can stand up to work part of the day. The worst that could happen is to receive a “no”. Most workplaces are doing what they can to help employees reduce medical costs so switching to a standing desk might be a step in the right direction. Plus it would help make your office healthier. Besides that, you can explain to your boss that sitting all day long will increase your dependence on the companies health insurance. Even if your boss says “no”, there are still a few things that you can do so that you can stop sitting all day long.
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Don’t Stand Up All Day Either
If you aren’t used to being on your feet all day, don’t plan on spending your entire day standing up. Instead, you should start with an hour a day and work your way up. You should aim to work at least half of your day standing up if at all possible. Standing too long on your feet can cause your feet hurt especially if you are wearing the wrong type of shoes.
Stand Up While Talking on the Phone
If you talk on the phone frequently, you can stand up while you are talking on the phone. Add pacing during each phone call so you increase your daily movement.
Use the Treadmill While Watching Television
Instead, of kicking off your shoes after-work and plopping yourself down on the couch. Opt to workout while you are watching television. Set up your treadmill up in front of the television and enjoy your favorite show while you walk.
Take the Stairs
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If you usually take the elevator at work, try taking the stairs instead. This will get you moving throughout the day and it will help counteract some of the sitting that you do throughout the day.
Clean a Little Bit Each Day
I know that the last thing that you probably want to do when you get home from work is to clean your home. However, step up your cleaning routine during the week so that you are up and moving. Plus, you will get all of your housework done throughout the week so that you can do other things with your time on the weekends. For example, you could go hiking, take the kids to the zoo, go bike riding, enjoy a few races, or spend time doing other things that you enjoy your new free time.
Stretch Often Throughout the Day
If you are stuck sitting in a desk chair all day long, you should always get up to stretch every 30 to 45 minutes that you are sitting down at work. Stretching only takes a few minutes of your time and it is something that you can do at your desk. Here are some great: office stretches. Plus, stretching throughout the day will help reduce your aches, pain, and stiffness. When you feel your best, you are more productive at work.
Refill Your Water Glass Once an Hour
Get up and refill your water glass once an hour. Not only will it keep you hydrated throughout the day but it gets you up and moving just enough so that you can stretch your legs. Plus, staying hydrated will help keep your hunger at bay and even prevent wasteful snacking.
Use a Fitbit or Other Pedometer
I think it is a wise investment to use a Fitbit or another brand of pedometer. Most people don’t realize how inactive they really are until they wear an activity tracker. When you are being held accountable, you are more likely to get your steps in.
Try Walking to Deliver Messages
Next time your co-worker asks you something and needs a reply. Opt to walk down the hall or across the office to talk to your co-worker. This allows you the opportunity to get up and move around. Of course, if it is urgent you can use email or the phone.
Don’t be a victim to the “sitting disease”. Try using these 10 simple and easy ways to stop sitting all day long help get you up and moving.
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