9-5 desk jobs can be a great way to make a comfortable living, but they aren’t always that great for our health. Hours spent hunched over a keyboard on a basic office chair can lead to all kinds of health problems. Workers often deal with back pain due to posture and bad seating, issues with circulation due to inactivity and bigger problems with general weight and fitness. Most workers just aren’t active enough during the day, and struggle to find the time before and after shifts to make up for their lack of effort. Therefore, it is important for all workers to take the time to get a little more active during the working day. The question is, how can we do this if we are stuck behind a desk for 8 hours?
Take Regular Breaks to Walk Around
The first approach is simply to get up and walk around a little more often. This allows us to get the muscles moving and blood flowing, reducing the risk of issues with joint stiffness and poor circulation. Try and get up out your seat and move every hour, even if it is just a walk to the water machine or to talk to a colleague on another floor. Where possible take the stairs between floors and take a walk around the grounds at lunch. Experts suggest that as little as 2 minutes walking every half an hour can be enough to make a difference.
Standing Desks Could Offer Some Variety
Another option here is to spend part of the day seated and part stood up at a standing desk. These adjustable desks are ideal for all those want a little more freedom of movement. Standing at a desk can be more comfortable after an hour of sitting, and they allow for pacing and movement as you brainstorm ideas. This is even better in modern offices with hot desks where workers can switch between locations and stay on the move.
Under Desk Exercise Machines
Then there is the option of bringing in some office-friendly exercise equipment to help to get the legs moving and calories burning during working hours. Many office workers wont have the luxury of standing desks, and will feel confined to their chair. Under desk exercise machine are the ideal solution. There are many different types – including treadmills, bikes and elliptical machines – that are portable and convenient under for use in this situation. The best still offer the goal tracking tools and variable settings to help with a different type of workout in the office. This allows us to pedal away and get fitter while writing emails or working on other important tasks. Treadmills provide that moving deck in a place where walking routes may be hard to come by. Some brands even combine treadmills and standing desks for the best of both worlds.
We don’t have to be confined to our office chairs and condemned to put on weight with a sedentary office job. A little bit of effort to get moving and a new piece of office exercise equipment can go a long way.