It’s common knowledge that a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to our health.
Spending the majority of our waking hours seated can result in low energy levels and can contribute to weight gain. But what if you have a desk job and have to sit behind a computer for most of the day?
Here are some helpful tips for making your job better for your health:
- Find opportunities to move at least one every hour. Take a 5-minute stretching break at your desk, use the restroom farthest away from your office, get up to talk to a coworker instead of sending an email, or use a few minutes of your break to do some walking. Just get moving!
- Stop eating at your desk. Eating mindlessly while you work or surf the internet can make you more likely to overeat. Also, getting away from your work space for a break at lunchtime can help increase your focus and productivity in the afternoon.
- Pay attention to your posture. If sitting all day is bad for your health, slouching all day is even worse. Place your keyboard and mouse within easy reach and your computer screen at eye level so you do not have to slump to reach them.
At Church Health, we believe that healthy habits at work are just as important as the dinner table or at the gym. Making it a goal to implement small, meaningful changes at your desk can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle all day long.
This is Erica Perkins, Health Promotion Coordinator, for Church Health.