How to Live Longer, Without Stepping Foot Into a Gym, Even If you Work in an Office
Do you sit for most of your working day?
Have you ever wondered what impact your work is having on your physical and mental health?
Well, you’re not alone, I do too. The latest research suggests that we are 40% more likely to die an early death even if we exercise regularly.
If you want to live a long and healthy life you don’t need to throw in your executive lifestyle and pump weights 7 days a week, just yet.
The answer is simple – move more, our bodies weren’t made to sit still all day. The opportunities in our day to improve our health are endless. Here are just a few suggestions:
- Get up out of your chair at least every 30 minutes.
- Drink more water and take more bathroom breaks.
- Ask your boss for a workstation that allows you to stand and sit at will, as your body talks to you.
- Move your printer down the hall.
- Squat 10 times every time you sit down.
- Bear crawl across the office.
- Do calf raises while you wait for printing.
- Implement regular stretching breaks.
- Suggest standing / walking meetings.
Movement is easy, the real challenge is that changing the habits contributing to “Sitting Disease” is more complex. Changing these habits requires creativity and a commitment to changing the out-dated office culture. Don’t be afraid to lead by example. As Mahatma Gandhi said “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. Stand up in meetings. Squat up and down while you work and look like a meerkat over your cubicle wall (this is the nickname that our team has adopted). Be brave and take your next client meeting to the park – they’ll thank you for making their day.
If you’re ready to take your office health into your own hands contact us at Office Revolution and we will drive the culture change needed in your workplace. Our mission is “to return as many people as possible to health, so they can reach their goals and achieve their dreams”. Contact us today.
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