If your job requires you to sit for long hours at a time, you may find that it affects your health and fitness more than you would like. Taking breaks to stretch out our legs and move around can make a big difference in not only your health, but your mood as well. Sitting for long hours may lead to bad posture causing other health issues. The compression and misalignment of the spine can lead to headaches and other chronic back pains.
Spending time at the gym or the outdoors can be a challenge for most. Jobs, family and our hobbies take up the time we would otherwise spend in the gym. Take a look at a few of these tips to keep you active and moving while you are at work.
1) Don’t Sit Still
Do your very best to limit your time sitting. It may be a good idea to ask your employer if they have access to standing desks. Taking breaks as often as possible is important.
2) Exercise at the Office
An easy way to activate your core while your working is to use an exercise ball instead of a chair. Using an exercise ball lets your actively use your core without realizing your doing. However, you may find yourself starting to slouch after a while so be sure to be conscious about your posture. As often as you can, stand up from your desk and stretch out your legs, neck, arms, back and any other muscle groups that feel tight.
3) Walk or Bike to Work
If you are fortunate to live close to your office, see about walking your even biking to work. Not only does this have many health benefits, it can help wake up the mind and get the blood flowing early. If walking to work isn’t possible, park as far from the office building as possible and take advantage of that walking distance.
4) Get Active During Lunch
Taking a lunch break doesn’t always mean taking that time to eat lunch. Depending how much time you have for lunch, getting a quick work out during that time is a good idea. Even a quick 30 minute jog can make all the difference. If you don’t have time to work out, choose the healthier option and bring your lunch from home. Eating out regularly can get expensive and most often it’s not the healthy choice.
5) Challenge Yourself
Set goals that push the limits of your comfort zone. Whether it be a step, calorie, or even a stand goal, do something out of your normal routine. Challenge yourself to be as active as possible while at work and you could end heading home feeling like a new person.
If you find that staying active while at work isn’t helping with the back aches, arthritis or carpal tunnel, contact us at Spring Creek Medical to find out how we can help.