Are you slumped down in your office chair as you read this? Have you been staring at the computer screen all day? When was the last time you stretched your arms? Approximately 86% of American workers sit all day at work and some believe their office chair is hurting their health. Don’t let this be your fate! Try these simple suggestions to improve your health throughout the day.
Get those steps in! Use the stairs to get to your office – even if it is just a few floors. Take a lap around the cubicles a few times a day to get your blood pumping. In addition, try a walking meeting. This format was a favorite of Apple founder Steve Jobs and, more recently, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has adopted this meeting style.
Take a break! Experts recommend taking your eyes off your computer screen every 15 – 20 minutes. Take a minute or two to focus on something in the distance to give your eyes a rest.
Reach for the stars! Or rather stretch a few times a day while at your desk. WebMD recommends simple stretches like shrugging your shoulders and circling your arms to refresh yourself.
Organize a fitness class with coworkers! Grab your coworkers and get a work out in together. Many fitness professionals will come to your location. Or find your favorite workout online and share it with others. TGHR recently had a trainer lead an outdoor workout for our team on a beautiful sunny afternoon. Working out is always better with friends – at least we think so.
There’s an app for that! There are apps to remind you to take a break during the work day, apps that give you simple stretches and even an app that can monitor your posture. Check out these ingenious apps to improve your work health.
Want more? Check out SHAPE magazine’s tips of 8 things you should do if you work at a computer all day.
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