We’ve recently written about ways to fit in your workout, whether you’re hitting the gym or prefer to stay fit from the comfort of home. But even if you’re working out on a regular basis, studies show that sitting for long periods of time can still hurt your health in the long run – and that’s exactly what many of us do five times a week at the office.
But there’s good news! All you have to do to counter-balance the sitting you do throughout the day is to get up every half hour or so. If you’re looking for tips on making standing up a habit, we’ve got you covered with these six tips:
- Email less, talk more: There are times when emails are necessary, but oftentimes a quick chat with someone will work just as well – if not better! So next time you’re tempted to shoot Jane in accounting a quick email, get up and go ask her in person instead. Your step count will thank you.
- Stand or walk during meetings: If you have willing participants, encourage them to stand up throughout the meeting. Or, if your meeting doesn’t require your computers, take things outside by going for a short walk.
- Stand up every 1/2 hour: Make sure you get up every thirty minutes, even if just to stretch or walk around for a few minutes. Walking to meetings or grabbing another cup of coffee totally counts. Need help staying on track? Fitbit reminders to move will nudge you to get in 250 steps before the hour ends.
- Practice stretching: Stretching can be a good way to wake yourself up if you’re in need of a boost but are done with coffee for the day. It’s also a good excuse to get up for a few minutes.
- Try our 5-minute yoga moves: Last summer we shared out yoga moves you can do at your desk. It’s not standing, but it’s a great way to get a little more exercise in during your day, and you can always stand up before or after you try them!
- Find space to try your favorite exercises: Sometimes it can be hard to fit in a full workout at any point of your day, but that doesn’t mean the little things won’t add up. If you can, find a quiet spot at the office you can fit in a few squats or lunges—something that won’t disturb others—to help you take advantage of any small break.
How do you stay active at the office? Let us know in the comments!
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.