7 Ways to Get Your Move On

by Tammy Strobel on January 29, 2010

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Sitting still is not an easy task. Part of the reason I decided to leave my day job and pursue freelance work was due to the “sitting” factor. Sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours everyday is not healthy or productive.

I’m better off if I work in 2 to 3 hour segments. In between those segments, I love taking walks or practicing yoga. I’m really excited about my freelance work and having the ability to set my own schedule. Time is an invaluable asset and being able to structure your work day accordingly is awesome.

A recent article in Women’s Health Magazine got me thinking about the importance of movement. Why? Here are a few factoids from the article:

Getting your move on is important whether you are working at home or in the office. I’ve tried implementing a number of tips to keep my body moving and my mind happy. I highly recommend doing some of these activities.

1. Stand at your desk.

I’ve read about a number of individuals who started standing at their desk and completely redefined their cubicle. For example, Peter Frazier works from home and has implemented a number of lifestyle changes that helped him get healthy and drop 30 pounds!

Recently I decided that working standing up would help me live a more active life. It’s worked. Along with meditating, running, hiking, and kayaking, working standing up (with hourly interludes of pushups, situps or yoga) I’ve dropped 30 pounds. My thinking is clearer for longer and you’re more likely to find me with things in perspective.

I’m planning on implementing this strategy at our new apartment and in our future tiny house. The tiny house won’t have room for a desk, so doing something like this will be perfect!

2. Get up, walk around and stretch every half hour.

Even if you exercise everyday, it’s still important to move at the office or at home. Don’t sit in your chair all day.

3. Rather than emailing a co-worker, get your move on.

Walk over to your co-worker’s desk and start a conversation. Email is an awesome form of communication, but sometimes it’s a lot faster and more constructive to figure out a problem by talking to the individual directly.

4. Instead of sitting and talking on the phone, stand up.

It’s incredibly easy to sit and talk on the phone. Some office have headsets for phones. I love the headsets because I can get up and walk around rather than being glued to one place. You can use the same strategy with your cell phone too.

5. Fidget and putter around your desk.

Tap your foot, do a little dance and have some fun puttering.

6. Make time in your day for exercise.

Do activities that bring you joy, whether that’s walking, running, swimming or yoga. The possibilities are endless. For more exercise tips read a guest post I wrote a few months ago called, Simple Fitness: Buy Less, Do More.

7. Limit your TV time (or sell it).

If you’re a longtime reader, it’s no secret that I loathe the television. The more you limit our television consumption, the healthier and happier you’ll be.

How do you handle the hazards of sitting?

1 Alejandro Reyes January 29, 2010

Wonderful list Tammy. Number 2 and 3 are a must for me, and since I almost never use the phone number 4 is a bit out of the question, still a good suggestion!

The standing workplace sounds like a great idea, I will have to bring that one at home since here at my job that would be very odd and i bet my supervisor will not be happy with it. I didn’t sell my TV, I just use it as a second monitor for my PC and some gaming sessions with my family and friends, it does have it’s uses beyond watching mindless shows.

Thanks for sharing these tips!

2 Charley Forness January 29, 2010

I’ve been enamored with the idea of having a standing work area at home since I read that it was how Hemingway wrote. I haven’t created such a work area yet but am now considering it again since you mention it. I am a cube rat by day, so yeah, there’s not a lot of moving around. I will walk over to the gym on lunch a few times a week and get a workout in, so that helps, but so does actually taking a break to go somewhere for lunch. Lunch seems to be a dying practice in the corporate world as I see dozens around me scarf their food down while checking their email.

– Charley

3 Tammy February 1, 2010

@Charley – It’s so easy to get sucked into work and not move. Especially, in some office environments. I think we would all be happier with more movement in between our computer time.

And actually taking the time to prepare and enjoy food. Life can be so much more enjoyable when we slow down. :)

4 Lisa January 29, 2010

This is a topic that’s intrigued me ever since I read Peter’s post. As a matter of fact I received a health ezine the other day (I think from Planet Green) that stated there are actual diseases now that stem from sitting. I’m certain that it contributes to the weight gain that seems so rampant in this country. I use a shared computer so try to limit my time on it. Gradually, I’ve been adding more standing to my routine and walking. I exercise while listening to audio books. I stand to watch tv (and crochet at the same time). I write letters standing by my kitchen countertop. I try to remember to pace while talking on the phone instead of automatically sitting. Until I took a realistic look at how much I sit, I really didn’t realize how prevalent it had become in my life.

5 Jan Heinen January 29, 2010

Hi Tammy,

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of hours in front of my computer and even sitting on a pillow hasn’t kept the back pain away! Thanks for sharing those tips…they are a reminder I’m not doing enough to help myself. I’m motivated to make a positive change in my life!

Jan Heinen
LiftChairReviews.com

6 Hayden Tompkins January 30, 2010

I loved having a stand up desk! And once everyone in my office saw how awesome they were, they had to have one too…even the attorneys.

This, to me, is the 31 thing an office person can do to get their move on!

7 Hayden Tompkins January 30, 2010

Make that #1! Great post, Tammy.

8 Dottie January 31, 2010

Great tips. The desk in my office is too low to work on the computer while standing, but I’m going to try standing while I’m on the phone or reading paper documents.

9 Mrs Green @ my zero waste February 1, 2010

Fabulous article – thanks so much for the great ideas. I too love the idea of standing up to work; I always stand when I’m using the telephone and I move around a lot with the computer because it’s a laptop. Sometimes I’ll perch it on the sofa and half stand when using it – good for Twittering when grammar doesn’t matter too much ;)

I have a rebounder indoors which I have next to the computer when I’m in a good space. I set a timer and get up every 1/2 hour to bounce around and get some water to drink. I find I need to timer otherwise I’ll sit on my arse for hours in a time warp.

Some great ideas and a perfect reminder as my rebounder is tucked away upstairs and I need to retrieve it….

10 Tammy February 1, 2010

@Mrs Green – thank you! I’m so happy you found the article helpful. I’ll have to get myself a rebounder. It sounds fun! I’m sure my cats would love it too. :)

11 Joan May 18, 2011

I like the article as a lot of these techniques can be done right here from work! Awesome

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