The average American worker spends more than nine hours per day sitting and the resultant health crisis is making headlines: “Sitting Is the New Smoking!”, “Obesity is on the Rise”, “Type II Diabetes: Epidemic”. Prolonged sitting also contributes to depression and loss of muscle tone. And yet, with all that we know about the benefits of even gentle movement, the vast majority of professionals continue to exercise only our brains and tongues at work. What can the average American worker do to combat this high-risk behavior?
- Invest in a Standing Desk
A standing desk can transform your work-life. For less than $300 you can buy one of these versatile devices that can hold your monitor, speakers, and keyboard and can be raised and lowered to accommodate a variety of heights. Those who use standing desks report fewer back aches, better focus, and higher energy. All of which contribute to better overall productivity at work as well as better health.
- Take a Hike!
Summer is the perfect season for walking meetings. Take a colleague and walk around the perimeter of your office, to a nearby green space, or to the local coffee shop. You can use note pads or smart phones to record ideas, next steps, and decisions. Chances are that you and your colleague will both agree that your thinking was clearer, you were less distracted, more productive, and had a lot more fun than you might have had sitting inside at a table.
So, the next time someone wants a meeting? Tell them to take a hike!