If your 9-5 consists of sitting at a desk throughout the day, it’s especially important to add movement throughout your workday. We’re sharing 5 ways you can add activity to your day to help combat sitting.
Tip #1: Park further away.
Rather than pulling into a convenient parking spot, give yourself some extra steps by parking further away. It’s a small habit that can lead to healthier habits throughout your workday.
Tip #2: Drink lots of water.
The more water the drink, the more often you’ll have to fill your water bottle. This will naturally help you get up from your desk throughout the day.
Tip #3: Start a work walking group.
Carve out time during your lunchbreak to do a 15 minute walk. Instead of going on your own, invite your fellow co-workers. And if you have a Fitbit, you can motivate (yourself) and your co-workers with a fun contest on who gets the most steps in each workweek.
Tip #4: Stretch it out.
Along with getting up from your desk to take a walk, it’s also important to sprinkle in stretching throughout your workday. Try stretching your shoulders regularly to relax tense muscles and to help prevent hunched desk posture.
Tip #5: Standing Desk.
And if you’re really looking for a way to shake up your routine at work, try a standing desk. Many options now have the ability to adjust from sitting to standing—so you can easily switch back and forth throughout the day.
We hope these suggestions for adding activity to your workday are helpful. And, as always, we’re here if you need us. With locations throughout Tucson, there’s a ProActive Physical Therapy where you work, live or play.