Sitting Down on the Job

7 Quick Tips to Get You Moving! 

Think about how much time you spend sitting. Let’s say you average at least 7-8 hours a day at work, 45 minutes or so for your commute, plus eating, and television time. You are probably spending at least 12 hours a day just sitting!

According to the BBC, excessive sitting can actually cut down your life span by up two years! In addition, sitting can lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. That’s right – cancer. In a study by Dr. Nevile Owen and published by ABC News, excessive sitting changes your body’s metabolism and causes it to produce a number of biomarkers, which are actually linked to cancer.

Of course, it helps to exercise. Not just at the end of the day, but throughout your day. Sneak in a few quick tips to help speed up your metabolism and get you moving.

1. Park in the back. 
Start your day off with a brisk walk to your desk and finish it off with a short walk back to your car before you sit back down for your commute home.

2. Take the stairs. 
Of course taking the elevator is convenient, but by forcing yourself to take the stairs, you’ll burn more calories and stretch your muscles.

3. Put down the phone and skip the email. 
Get up and walk over to your colleague’s desk. A quick walk down the hall or across the building will get your blood flowing and make you more alert.

4. Get an exercise ball. 
A great alternative to the traditional office chair, an exercise ball will help improve your balance and force you to sit up straight.

5. Downsize. 
Use a smaller coffee cup or water bottle, so you’ll be required to get up more often for refills.

6. Avoid the office gossip. 
Instead of socializing in the lunchroom once you’ve finishing eating, go for a walk. Step outside for some fresh air and take a few laps around the parking lot or around the building.

7. Stand up. 
Get on your feet when you’re talking on the phone. You can stretch your legs or walk around your cubicle, it’ll also help you to project your voice and even stay on task more.

Get creative! There are plenty of easy ways to sneak exercise into your day. Make exercise more than just a daily trip to the gym and you’ll be sure to see results.

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