How long you have been sitting at your desk?


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.

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