If you’re like the majority of Americans, you might spend close to 8 hours a day in a chair in front of a Facebook machine (I mean, a work-related computer, of course). The truth is that sitting all day can be hazardous to your health. That doesn’t mean you should be standing all day, either though. So before you start researching standing desks, there are many things you can do on a regular and even hourly basis to help keep your body and mind feeling healthy and alert.
- Set reminders to take a break every hour to stand up, stretch, and walk around (too lazy, think about blood clots)
- Stretch at your desk
- Keep water at hand and drink it throughout the day, a lot of it
- Bring in a healthy lunch
- Listen to music to keep your mind alert. Most local radio stations now stream online or you can use Spotify, Iheartradio, Pandora, etc.
Making sure to maintain a good posture throughout the day is also important, especially when trying to avoid getting the infamous Microsoft Neck. If your company allows flexible lunch breaks and you have a fitness center or a gym nearby, try to workout during lunch and eat at your desk later. Even going for a walk can be great. Plus – who says you have to be a smoker to go outside and take breaks!? Just sayin’ 🙂