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3 Tricks to Increasing Activity at a Desk Job

3 Tricks to Increasing Activity at a Desk Job

I spend at least 8 hours of my weekdays sitting. Actually probably more with my work commute! Yup, I have a desk job and it requires a lot of time staring at a computer, seated in my chair. Not exactly ideal for your health, whether you're an avid exerciser or not! Plus, I become mentally groggy if I sit too long!

So how do you make your sedentary job more active? It's actually really simple! Small changes add up to make big differences. The tricks listed below help me to stay more active at my desk job, which in turn helps my body feel better, control weight via increased activity, and stay more mentally alert throughout the day!

3 Tricks to Increasing Activity at a Desk Job

  1. Schedule at least one 10-minute walk break in your calendar. Every weekday, I schedule two 10 to 15-minute slots in my day to go for a walk around the office building - once at about 10:00 a.m. and once around 3:00 p.m. Not only is this a wake-up call for my body, but I find myself much more alert and focused at work after my walks! Before implementing this, I'd hardly hit 5,000 steps per day (even after my workouts), but now I'm hitting that number easy and feeling much better throughout the day!
  2. Use your lunch break to get in some activity. If you have a lunch break, use it wisely! Almost every day during my "lunch," I go to our office gym and get in a 40-minute weight-lifting or cardio session. Not only does it save me time (I don't have to go to the gym before or after work), but it keeps me super consistent with my workouts! After my lunchtime gym session, I eat my pre-packed lunch at my desk. If you don't have an office gym, you can always be active by going on a walk or using an empty room for a circuit session!
  3. Keep a water bottle or glass at your desk. Why does this help? First, you'll have to get up to refill it and second, you'll have to get up and use the restroom because you're drinking more water during the day. These small ups and downs will add up and get your blood flowing! Not to mention, drinking enough water is very important for your body to function efficiently!

Moral of the story: if you have a sedentary job, like me, small changes to be more active throughout the day can really add up. I've found these tricks not only help me move more during the day, but I feel more focused and energized (less restless) during work. Hope these tricks work for you too, fellow desk-jobber!

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