I used to be really active. Alongside working out, I used to be active at my job as a waitress, plus get more exercise from daily activities. My current job involves a lot of sitting around all day, though. And while I love my job, I wish that it was easier to stay active throughout the day instead of having to sit so much.
I’m sure that a lot of you are in a similar situation, so today I thought I’d share 7 ways to stay healthy when you have a desk job!
1- Take regular breaks.
As we all know, sitting for too long every day can cause serious problems for our health. It’s linked to many health problems such as heart disease. So try to get up from your desk once an hour, or as often as you can, and walk around for at least a few minutes. This will help get your blood flowing. You can also walk on your lunch break, when you’re talking on the phone, and any other chance you get!
2- Stretch at your desk.
If you can’t get up and walk around every hour, at least do some stretches at your desk. Stretch your arms, shoulders, neck, and legs. Touching your toes or walking in place can help too. Here are 17 stretches that you can do at your desk!
3- Stand if you can.
Having a desk job no longer means that you have to sit the whole time. Standing desks and desk risers are becoming more and more common in the workplace. Replace your regular desk with a standing desk, if it’s possible. Or move to somewhere else in the office where there’s a higher surface for your computer. You could also swap your chair for an exercise ball instead!
4- Drink more water.
We all know that water is important, but that doesn’t mean that all of us drink enough of it. Water is pretty much linked to every aspect of our health and sometimes drinking more is enough to change our health dramatically. Get yourself a cute reusable water bottle and keep it at your desk. You can even get one with measurements on it if that makes it easier for you to make sure you’re getting enough!
5- Walk to work.
If it’s possible, try to walk or ride your bike to work, at least sometimes. If you live too far away or it’s just not possible, park further away from the building so you have a longer walk. If you take public transportation, get off a few stops early so you have a longer walk.
6- Bring healthy food + drinks.
If you’re constantly going out to restaurants for lunch, you’re way more likely to order junk. So pack a healthy lunch and skip eating out. Also, if you’re constantly getting chips, candy bars, or “healthy” granola bars from vending machines, skip it and bring your own snacks – like nuts or fruit – instead. The same goes for pop; skip it for water, tea, or coffee instead.
7- Use your time outside of work wisely.
This can be tougher – but even more important – if you have a side-hustle outside of work that requires you to sit as well. But make time to exercise regularly! Even making time to exercise for 30 minutes, 3 times a week will help so much! Taking up a hobby that requires you to be active is also a great idea, and it can make things more fun!
Question: If you work at a desk job, how do you stay active?