Sitting & Working A Lot? Your Trainer Is Calling Your Name!
Do you spend a couple hours everyday in traffic on the way to and from work?
Are you spending seemingly endless hours hunched over at a desk, tapping away at your keyboard and staring at your screen?
After you make it home at the end of the long day, do you look forward to the moment you can plop down on the couch and finally relax for a moment, until you pick up your laptop and continue to work?!!!!
If you find yourself answering yes to any of the above, you may also find yourself noticing one common thread between all those scenarios! Besides the fact that many people can certainly relate to you in this position, did you happen to catch that all these day-to-day situations involve a lot of sitting???? Ugh.
Our cultural norm has become increasingly more sedentary, but in order for us to thrive, both professionally and personally, we need to find ways to stay focused on maintaining our health. So how can you pay more attention to your well-being while confined to a cubicle? Try these easy to implement tips on a regular basis (P.S. that’s the important part).
- Be mindful of proper posture while sitting. Good posture is the foundation of proper functional movement, so it is essential that you stay mindful of how you are aligned, even while seated.
- Request a standing desk if possible. Studies have shown that sitting for prolonged periods can be detrimental to health. Improve your blood circulation by opting to stand at your desk more frequently than you sit, if possible.
- Take walks around your building periodically. Taking breaks throughout the work day can boost your productivity and your mental clarity, and coincidentally, so can exercise. Set an hourly timer, and maximize the power of your break by using it to get outside and get your blood pumping to your brain.
- If you are in a cubicle or an office, do some simple bodyweight exercises at your desk. Any physical activity is always better than none at all. Exercises like squats, lunges, and pushups can be easily done in the small area around your work space and make for a convenient way to get your blood circulating throughout the day.
- Pack your own lunches. Eating cafeteria or restaurant food on a regular basis may be convenient, but eating out can never compare to home cooking. Take control of your nutrition by meal prepping and bringing your own lunches, even if you can only manage it a couple times a week. Powered by the right nutrients and whole foods, you’ll have more energy and brain power to function, and your body will thank you for the healthful fuel.
Despite what society tells you about how we just never have time for anything, the truth is that there is always time–we just have to arrange the activities to fit it all in. Recognize that your health is SUPER SUPER important and commit to addressing it, because even the smallest efforts can make the biggest difference!
If sometimes you just wish you had a trainer to tell you what to do in the gym, reach out to us for a free consultation! We promise – no judgements, just workouts!!!