Staying Active at Work

There are over 100 million desk job workers in the United States. On average, these individuals work eight hours a day, five days a week for approximately 48 weeks in a year. Out of that time, five hours a day is spent sitting at your desk adding up to 1,200 hours a year. 1,200 hours a year is equal to 50 days and nights sitting down.

How do you manage your time at work to avoid help implications for all of that sitting? Here are a few tips on how to create a more active work day.

Walk and talk 
Rather than sitting at a table for your meeting, go for a walk outside somewhere at least 10 minutes away. The fresh air, physical activity and change of scenery may even make for a more productive meeting.

Stand up
Make a concerted effort to stand as often as possible; whether it’s to go and chat to somebody rather than emailing them, or parking your car further away from the entrance.

Step Up 
Walk up a couple of flights of stairs every hour or just simply choose the stairs instead of the elevator. Even use the restroom on the next floor instead of the one right outside your office or print to a printer on the next floor.

Wear Comfortable Clothes and Shoes

Numerous studies have shown that when you wear comfortable clothes and shoes to work you move more. Without a stuffy suit or uncomfortable shoes it is easier to be more active. Sometimes being fit and healthy is better than those fancy heels.

Arrange your Office for Movement

Rather than clump everything in your office into a single area, within an arm’s reach, spread it out. This will encourage movement throughout the day that will add up.

Make an appointment with a provider at Cornerstone Family Healthcare by calling (845) 563-8000 to see if your desk job is taking a toll on your health.

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