Stand Up To A Sedentary Lifestyle: Increase Office Wellness & Productivity
Chances are you’re probably reading this blog article while sitting down, hunched over a computer. The majority of our workplaces, schools, and home life involve large amounts of sitting time. Consider how much of your day is spent sitting/laying down. I’m guilty of sitting 8-hours at a desk job then coming home just to go directly to my couch for a Netflix marathon.
Countless studies have shown that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to prolonged health implications. Just to list a few:
- Increased odds for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
- Weight gain.
- Correlation between extended sitting time and chronic lower back pain.
- Lower energy levels, mood and cognitive function.
With billions of people spending their workday in front of a computer, it’s time to stand up to a sedentary lifestyle! Frequent low-intensity physical activity such as taking a quick walk around the office every hour, intermittent standing during the workday and stretching at your desk can lead to improved employee health and increased productivity. At Motoza, we have an ongoing push up challenge. Day 1 we started with 10 push ups and each day we add 1 push up to the total. If you have any other ideas on how to stay active during the workday, let us know!
Try incorporating these simple, daily desk exercises and stretches to get your body moving.
Image: Chiropractic Care Center. http://www.chirocarecenterlacey.com/techniques/desk_stretches.html
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