Work Break: Stop & Stretch
We spend an increasing amount of time sitting. If you consider the time spent driving to and from work or sitting on public transport, the hours spent at a desk in the office, and how long we sit relaxing on the couch after work, we spend most of our day in the sitting position, something that is now considered to have hugely adverse effects on our health.
Make sure you avail of all the opportunities to do physical activity that present themselves during your day. Need to go up or down? Take the stairs, not the lift. Have to endure a long telephone or conference call? Stand and walk as you talk. Scheduling a meeting? Make it a stand-up meeting to give your colleagues the same benefits.
These small changes of habit will actually increase your energy, promote weight loss and improve your overall health. You’ll also be decompressing the organs and muscles that become compressed as you sit. Lots of tips, but how to begin? Follow our desk-break exercise tips and make sure to include them in your schedule at least twice a day, walking once an hour.