Cushy desk jobs are a blessing and a curse.
It is nice to not be toiling down in a mine all day, but being tied to a chair is not without hazards, either. Research has shown that excessive sitting is bad for your heart, belly, brain and just about every other body part you can name.
How can we desk jockeys combat the ills associated with a sedentary, screen-glued workday?
NiftyBenefits has cooked up a light infographic that offers practical tips for staying fit on the job. It offers small routine tweaks that could make a big difference to your health, including these:
Stay hydrated. If you guzzle coffee all day, you’ll probably be a jittery mess. You’ll also get dehydrated, which can cause anything from sluggishness to organ failure.
Invest in a nice water bottle, and refill it throughout the day.
Eat healthy snacks. Look, no one’s here to take away your Cheetos, candy bars or sodas. However, subbing in more salubrious fare will help you feel better, have more energy and be more productive. Have a few carrot sticks or apple slices, maybe with a dab of peanut butter.
Eating healthier snacks will also help you avoid the embarrassment of being forced to meet a new colleague via a left-handed fist bump because your right hand is caked in Cheeto dust.
Take hourly breaks. Get up, move around, talk to colleagues, and take substantive breaks throughout the day. Let your body and mind recover and recharge.
If you tend to sit for hours at a time, try setting a timer, or give the Pomodoro Technique a whirl. Slicing your day into manageable segments is easier on your body, and it will probably make you more productive.
Walk at lunch and on breaks. Take every opportunity to stretch your legs throughout the day. Encourage colleagues to join you. Creating a “walking club” is an easy way to meet new people and establish genuine connections—all while exercising.
To all the Cubicle Carlys and Ergonomic Chair Charleys out there: All is not lost. We can all make small changes to our daily routines. Sometimes, it just takes minor adjustments to make a major, life-saving difference. Read the rest of NiftyBenefits’ infographic above for more healthy ideas.