I can’t even tell you how many articles I have read over the past year or two about the dangers of sitting and how those of working at desk jobs are at risk of long-term health problems. As someone who sits at a desk for 8 or 9 hours per day, that’s slightly terrifying to read. Luckily for me (and you), there are plenty of ways to stay active anyway, whether it be by taking advantage of the time you aren’t at work or incorporating a little physical activity into the time you are at work.
This post was sponsored by Reebok as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Take Frequent Breaks
If you’re sitting at a desk for 8-9 hours per day, taking frequent breaks is crazy important. At the very least, get up once in awhile to do a lap around the office. If you can manage it, take even longer breaks and get a good walk in. While the weather is nice, a coworker and I have been using our lunch hour every day to walk around the block for half an hour. I love knowing that even if I skip my workout that evening, I still did something active. Plus, I always return to my desk totally refreshed and even more productive.
Another tip is to drink a lot of water! I drink a ton of water at work, meaning I’m getting up to use the restroom a lot. And since the women’s restroom is in a different part of the building from my office, I get a lot of walking in to get there and back repeatedly.
Watch What You Eat
If you’re sitting at a desk all day with very little physical activity, the last thing you need is to eat foods that are going to make you even more sluggish. I try to avoid anything too heavy, or large meals in general. I also try to stay away from desserts or too many carbs. For lunch, I usually bring a wrap or salad with tuna, beans, or some sort of deli meat. My snacks are usually string cheese, Kind Bars, fruits, and veggies.
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Work Out at Your Desk
There are so many articles out there about small workouts you can do while sitting at your desk. No, you aren’t going to be burning major calories or training for a marathon this way, but something is better than nothing!
You can also turn work-related activities into exercise when you’d normally do them sitting at your desk. If you’re having a meeting, see if you’re meeting partner would be open to a walking meeting (assuming you don’t have to take notes during). Also, next time you’re thinking of calling or emailing a coworker in the same building, walk to their department or desk and have the conversation that way. Finally, start taking business calls on your cell phone and walk while you’re talking.
Extend Your Travel Time
Extending your travel time is an easy way to stay active a bit more during your work day. One way to do this is to park further away than you normally do to incorporate a little extra walking. You can also skip the elevator and take the stairs.
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Have Active Hobbies
When you’re sitting at a desk all day, it’s mega important that you get physical activity in after work hours. Many of us aren’t fans of exercise, but one way to do this is by picking up hobbies that will help you stay active. Having a dog makes this easy because you get a little fitness in each time you take them for a walk. Whether you’ve got a dog or not, find more excuses to get walking! Whether it’s checking out some trails in your area or just running errands, anything to get some extra steps in.
When Dave and I started making a genuine effort to get out of the house more often, it became abundantly clear that we were going to need some better shoes! The walking shoes I’ve had for 5+ years just weren’t cutting it anymore. Well, I’ve had my new Reebok CloudRide DMX shoes for a couple of weeks now, and these are officially the solution I’ve been looking for.
Since I can be on my feet for quite awhile at one time, it was super important to have walking shoes that are really comfortable, lightweight, and flexible, which these are. They’re made with a unique air technology in the sole where most shoes have foam.
They’re available at Famous Footwear (online or select stores), and did I mention that have a total money back guarantee in case you don’t totally love them? This was a huge selling point for me because sometimes you just gotta wear shoes a few times before you realize they aren’t the ones for you! If you aren’t 100% satisfied, you can return the shoes within 30 days.
Do you work at a desk job? How do you stay active?
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