Extended sitting is linked to high cholesterol, excess body fat, and high blood pressure— among other health concerns. And who’s sitting the most? People working in an office environment.
The reality is using 30 minutes for exercise only takes 2% of your day. And the benefits are endless. Exercise benefits your body, mood—and surprisingly—your smile. A study conducted by the Journal of Periodontology found those who regularly exercised had healthier gums and fresher breath compared to those didn’t exercise.
Benefits aside, we get it. Working out can feel like a hassle—not to mention the sweatiness that accompanies you when you return to the office. Here are 4 ways to get up and moving to reduce your sitting time:
- Stand and walk.
Even just standing up every 20 minutes has benefits. Standing desks are also a great way to get up without affecting the task at hand. If you don’t have access to one, try standing during a call. Additionally, walking is an entertaining way to have casual meetings with colleagues. Find out the benefits of walking.
- Take the stairs.
Sometimes the staircase seems too much to start your workday. Here are some incentives that may change your mind, however: Stair stepping strengthens your legs and raises your heart rate. Why not take a few minutes out of your lunch break to get your climb on!
- Do chair dips.
Dip, baby, dip! After all, dips target your triceps and chest. All you need is your desk or non-rolling chair and a few minutes. Standing with the desk or chair behind you, lower yourself with your legs in front of you and grip the edge of the desk or chair (remember – no wheels). Push yourself up and down to feel the burn!
- Pinch for better posture.
Sitting all day doesn’t just slow you down, it can contribute to poor posture too. Roll your shoulders back to pinch your shoulder blades together – and pretend to pinch a pencil between them for 10 seconds. Release and repeat. And don’t forget – how you sit can make a difference too!
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