Did you know that almost 86 percent of Americans sit for an average of 9.3 hours a day? That’s more time than we spend sleeping. Most of us sit on the way to work, all day at work, and on the commute home. And by the time we do reach home, all we want to do is plop on the couch for more sitting. Research has shown that sitting for extended periods of time can increase the risk for diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and stress-related injuries. So what can you do? Most of us have jobs that require us to be behind a desk for at least 40 hours a week. Start oﬀ by committing yourself to a healthier lifestyle. There are many simple and eﬀective ways to help increase your activity levels and keep yourself ﬁt. Here are just a few:
- Accountability – Hold yourself accountable for staying active. Think about putting workouts in your calendar or scheduling workout “dates” with friends or coworkers. When you’re held accountable for something, you’re more likely to make it a priority.
- Eat healthier – Eating the right foods can help you feel more energized throughout the day. Consider bringing a home lunch and save eating out for special occasions or events. Keep healthy snacks on hand to avoid trips to the vending machine.
- Stay active during break – Take advantage of break times and get out of the oﬃce. Take a walk around the block or hit up a nearby gym for a workout session.
- Stretch – Make it a habit to stretch every hour. There are many basic stretches you can do right at your desk. Stretching can soothe muscles and minimize the chance for stress-related injuries.
- Water – Don’t forget to drink water. It’s all too easy to reach for another cup of coﬀee, but water actually helps to keep you alert and properly hydrated.
Don’t let your job damage your health—be proactive and move towards a healthier life style today.