Humans are designed to move, not just in a 1 or 2 hour period of time at the gym but throughout the day. With most people spending 30-50 hours at work, it is essential that people are able to move while they are at work. If you have an office job where most of your job is typically spent sitting, here are some suggestions of how to sneak in some movement.
- Get a standing or treadmill desk to reduce your sitting time
- Get a yoga ball chair so you can have a bounce in your spare time
- Stand up when you’re on the phone
- Take the stairs or long route. Consider heading to a different coffee or print station
- Walk on your coffee breaks and lunch breaks
- Take walking meetings
- Bring a yoga mat and find a place to stretch out either inside or outside
- Bring a soft ball or balloon that you can toss around in your office or with the person across from your cubicle
- Hand deliver some healthy treats to your coworkers
Let others know what you’re doing too! The more people that join in, the more likely you are to keep moving. Workplaces will also start being more accepting and on board with health and wellness initiatives if they find out their employees are interested. After all not only is getting physical activity throughout the day good for your body, it’s also good for your mind. Physical exercise is proven to improve memory, creativity and concentration skills and should help productivity.
Sneak It In Week is a national campaign led by Participation. Check their social media for information on how to enter to win daily prizes.