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How to break free from your desk

October 28, 2014

Everywhere we turn, we’re bombarded with warnings:  Sitting is killing you!  Your desk job is shaving years off your life!  Human beings aren’t built to be sedentary, we’re designed to move!  But for so many of us, our jobs entail a computer or phone on a desk – so how can you break the chains tying you to your desk?

  • Get a headset or earphones, and take a walk while you handle your next call. Wander around your floor or building, pace a quiet hallway or better yet, take a lap (or more) outside around your building!  At a minimum, standup while doing your call.
  • Go get a drink of water J
  • Does your next meeting require visual aids? If not, take it outside and have a walking meeting. Or do a standing meeting in the break room, or a quiet corner – you’ll be amazed how efficiently the meeting progresses.
  • Rather than emailing or calling your colleagues, get up and go visit them at their desk. Everyone likes company, and you’ll clear your mind and get your blood moving while getting or sharing information.
  • Take a walk to the restroom (see #2 above).
  • Even if it’s only for 15 minutes, leave your desk for lunch – you’ll be much more focused when you return thanks to the break!
  • People who increase their level of physical activity at work say they were more engaged and better able to concentrate (so you can get more done in less time, and get out of the office on time!)

Multiple studies have found that sitting for more than two hours a day can shorten your life expectancy by two years, not to mention increasing your risk for other health consequences such as cancer, so get up and move!

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