These days, sitting gets a bad rap. Move more at work for your health and wellbeing.  

What have you accomplished in the past hour? Maybe you moved a meeting, sent a few emails, or checked off some tasks. But, did you move? Sitting at work for hours on end is damaging your health and physical body, studies show. Sitting disease is a common problem for desk job workers. Too much time in a chair can increase the risk of heart disease, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and premature death

Even if you’re not an avid gym-goer, we’re not talking about exercising more. Simply moving more at work to combat the health risks of prolonged sitting. Here’s how to move more at your desk!

Take regular breaks – Stand up every half an hour, even if it’s just to stretch, refill your water, or to give your eyes a break from screen time. If you can’t remember to do this every 30 minutes, set a reminder.

Work in some walking – Start by taking the stairs to the office rather than the lift, give a message to your colleague rather than sending an email, or park your car further away so that you have to walk further to the office. In your breaks, walk a lap (or two) around the building, too.

Use a standing desk – A standing desk allows you get work done standing up comfortably, stay focused, while burning calories when you’d normally be sitting sedentary. Mix-up standing and sitting in your daily routine to reap the benefits of both.

Stand up for meetings – Encourage walking meetings to get your team’s blood pumping. Walking meetings not only are better for everyone’s bodies, but employees can’t sit and doodle in a notepad; they can’t disconnect from the meeting. In turn, everyone is engaged, and the meeting ends up being short and effective!

Consider these movements as necessary aspects of your day. Simple moving more can reap huge benefits in your long-term health.

If you’re a business owner, you should encourage your team to move more in their workday! For all of your insurance needs in Elk River and neighboring cities in Minnesota, visit the professionals at North Central Insurance Agency today!