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25 April 2017
Written by Chloe Beevers
You spend most of your adult life at work, so here are some easy tips to get you moving about in the office!
It can be a real struggle to get yourself moving throughout the day especially when you feel like you are chained to your office desk. The recommended goal by health experts is to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. This can be a challenge when many of us spend at least 8 hours a day in an office environment which has led to the introduction of flexible working practices to try and mix up your day.
Height adjustable desks have been around for quite some time, but the ergonomic sit-stand systems are now becoming increasingly popular in the workplace to help reduce the amount of time employees spend sitting down at their office desk. The overall goal of these new desk solutions is to help improve an individual's office health.
Studies have linked long periods of sitting with the increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer. The NHS recommend to reduce our risk of ill health from inactivity we are advised to exercise regularly – at least 150 minutes a week and reduce the time spent sat down.
There are plenty of ways you can keep active in the office. Here are some of our tips for how to get you moving:
Changing how you commute to work by walking or cycling (maybe even running) will help improve your office health by increasing how active you are during the day. Also it will help you reach the 150 minutes of exercise goal. You’ll arrive at work with a clear mind, feeling productive and ready for what the day may through at you.
However, not everyone lives in cycling or walking distance to work, but you can still keep yourself active by parking the car further away from work or getting off the tram a stop earlier and walking (unless it's raining of course!).
Having the option to sit or stand during the working day will help you move about more often throughout the day. Sit-stand desks are a great way of keeping active in the workplace. Instead of sitting, try having periods of time where you stand up during the day, this will change the position of your body improve productivity and benefit your, brain, heart, muscles and back. Introducing height adjustable desks into your workplace will help promote flexible working practices and improve the health of your employees - plus its a great way to get people talking!
Sitting at your office desk all day can cause you to slouch and leave you with horrible back pain from having a poor posture. Allowing yourself to have a quick stretch during the day can help to relieve your body and leave you feeling refreshed afterwards.
We understand that stretching at work may be daunting if you work in an open plan office, but don’t panic you can still make stretches a part of your daily routine to improve your office health with these yoga poses that won’t freak your colleagues out.
Find yourself a quite corner in the staff room or outside, and away you go.
Gather a group of colleagues and start doing simple exercises in the office you can even make it a challenge to show who’s the most competitive. Working as a group will encourage each individual to become more active in the office.
We’ve put together 6 simple, but fun games to help increase your activity in the office and challenge your colleagues. Our office teaming building games page includes easy game instructions alongside a handy stopwatch and even a leader board for you to keep score for up to 6 contestants. The 6 office Olympics style games are; archery, 10,000m, hammer throw, golf, javelin and diving, so you can be certain to get your heart racing and burn some calories with these games.
Not only do these games help improve how active you are in the workplace, but it’s also a great way to promote teamwork in your office, so why not put a couple of hours aside to get the team together soon?
The stairs often seem like a daunting challenge especially on a morning, but they are the healthier option over the lift – we all know that, how often do we actually take the stairs?
Jumping in the lift can seem like the quickest route to the office especially if you are quite a few floors up. If you start taking the stairs it suddenly becomes a habit and you won’t even think about the getting in the lift.
Often in the office we find it easier to send emails or call colleagues instead of getting out of our chairs and walking over to communicate with them.
Many of us would prefer to send emails to our colleagues because it means we don’t have to engage in face-to- face conversations. Let’s be honest none of us want an awkward conversation with your colleague where you have to pretend you’re interested in what they got up to at the weekend. Half of us are too lazy or too busy to go and communicate with our colleagues, but getting up out of your office chair a few times a day increases your activity.
Whether you like the idea of communicating with your colleagues or not it will benefit your health and reduce the amount of time spent sat at your office desk.
Come to Kit out My Office and you’ll find one of the best ergonomic height adjustable desks on the market with its anti-collision technology, low noise and quick speed it is clear to see why.
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