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:
- We spend approximately 56 hours a week staring at "computer screens, working the steering wheel, or collapsed in a heap in front of your high-def TV."
- Even if you think you are energetic, "sitting all day at work is common for most of us. And it's killing us—literally—by way of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes."
- Sitting too much is "hell on your posture and spine health."
- We've become "so sedentary that 30 minutes a day at the gym may not do enough to counteract the detrimental effects of eight, nine, or 10 hours of sitting."
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.