Do you know how long you have been sitting at your desk? Chances are, you’ve already ruined your workout.
It won’t come as a shock that logging in hours at a desk job is bad for your health, but according to recently-published study from the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center (featured in this month’s Runner’s World), remaining seated for hours at a time actually reverses the time and effort spent on your workout. For every hour seated in front of your monitor you’ll say goodbye to 8 percent of your hour-long morning running routine.
Yikes! It’s time to get serious about moving during your workday. Here are tricks to get you started.
Set a reminder
Use your phone to set a reminder every 30 minutes or so to get up and move around.
Use the fridge
Instead of storing your lunch and midday snacks at your desk, make a point to use the office fridge. Every time you’re in need of a bite to eat you’ll be forced to get up out of your seat to go get it. (Just make sure to put your name on your nibbles.)
Opt for in-person
Before you hit send on that email, consider if the topic would benefit from an in-person conversation instead. Not only will the project profit, but so will your health.
Invest in a standing desk
If you can’t seem to squeeze in time away from the keyboard, order yourself a standing desk. There are all kinds of options out there, ranging from a very affordable $50.00 to hundreds of dollars. There’s a desk to match every style and every budget.