Do you sit all day, every day? Recent reports and studies have shown that inactivity can rob people of their health. In fact, the U.S National Library of Medicine reports that an inactive lifestyle can raise your risk for a host of medical problems, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.
However, like most folks, you probably need to work to put food on the table. However, that doesn’t mean you need to sit still all day long. Here’s how to incorporate exercise into your work day for a healthier, longer life.
It isn’t difficult to move more each day at work. Start slow and as you become more fit, you can add more goals to aim for. Here’s how to incorporate exercise into your workday simply and quickly:
Walk to Work and at Work
Depending on where you live, it might not be possible to walk all the way to your workplace. But you can make strides by walking part of the way and taking public transportation for the other part, parking far from your office, or even climbing the stairs in your high-rise office building. Just remember to keep a change of shoes at your desk, if you can’t wear your walking shoes the whole day.
Also, if you need to talk to a co-worker, go to their desk instead of sending an email or picking up the phone. Even if they are on another floor, take the stairs and you’ll thank yourself later.
Volunteer for Work That Requires Physical Activity
Does someone need to stack their chairs and tables? Do reams of paper need moving? Forget about calling someone else to help. Do it yourself and reap the benefits to your body. However, be careful not to hurt yourself. Understand how much you can lift and how far you can carry so you don’t end up with a back injury.
But not all exercise needs to take place with weights at the gym. Lifting things at work can add up to a muscular body. Remember, don’t strain yourself or tear a muscle, and know your limits.
Consider a Treadmill Desk or Stability Ball
You may not be able to walk all day or sit on a stability ball all day, but if these options are available to you, you’ll find that your productivity and health will be on the upswing. Set the treadmill on a low speed and get your legs in motion for short bursts of walking. Also, don’t worry if you need to rest at some point.
And if you have a stability ball, make sure to sit in a good posture to increase your core strength. Start slowly at both of these activities and build up over time. Be patient and consistent.
These tips should help you become more fit after a while. Be patient and give it a couple of months, but you should see results if you are consistent. Best of all, after all that exercise, you can relax at home and on weekends instead of running off to the gym.