A Smart Move Sit Less At Work
A growing amount of research suggests that just standing -- even if you don't walk around -- can have health benefits.
A recent study found that participants who spent time more standing and moving in the course of a week, based on a sensitive monitor adhered to their thigh, had lower levels of blood sugar and cholesterol. The benefits were even greater, and including reductions in body-mass index and waist circumference, among those who took more steps during the day.
First, try to notice your “sitting time” at work over a few days or a week. That can make you more aware of when and where you’re sitting too long without getting up. Then try any of the ideas here, and take a stand!
Set an hourly alarm on your phone or computer to remind you to get up and walk for five minutes.
Instead of calling or emailing a colleague, walk over to her workspace- bonus points if you have a walking meeting!
Send documents to the farthest printer; store your lunch in a more remote fridge, use the restroom on another floor- you get the idea.
Do leg lifts or squats while reading documents.