Computers have incalculable benefits, but making your office job completely sedentary is not benefiting anyone. Cue the chorus: sitting is killing us! and the only way to combat this inactivity is by upping your N.E.A.T. factor. We went over non-exercise activity thermogenesis (N.E.A.T.), small movements throughout the day outside of exercise, and ways to incorporate more activity into your lifestyle a few months ago (read more here), but what can you do where you spend the majority of the day?

The modern office runs on email, conference calls and – in short – the internet. Incorporating movement while being a productive employee (and not distracting your coworkers with jumping jacks!) can seem tricky, but using movement to compliment and even enhance your workflow isn’t impossible.

Here are a few ideas to try this week!

  • Stand up and do a few calf raises when someone calls you.
  • Walk to the farthest bathroom and water fountain every trip.
  • Whenever appropriate, go speak to your coworker instead of emailing.
  • Instead of waiting to print/copy/scan items when you have a stack, print/copy/scan as soon as you need to.
  • Even if you brought your lunch, take a short walk outside before or after (this will help your mood and stress level as well!).
  • Schedule or suggest walking brainstorming/catch-up meetings instead of at the conference room.
  • Set a timer (or use StandUp! app) to remind yourself to take breaks from sitting and screen time.
  • Pick a different stretch to do every time you send an email (here are ideas).

How-to-Stretch-On-the-Go

Thanks to Greatist.com for stretching list and photo!

What are ways you incorporate movement into your work day and every day?

Published by Samantha Kellgren

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