As a business owner or entrepreneur, it’s common to find yourself sitting at your desk for long hours. With the demands of work, it can be challenging to make time for exercise or outdoor activities. However, sitting for long hours can take a toll on your physical and mental health. I wake at 4:30am, have devotions, do pushups and stretches and then, more or less, I’m at my desk for hours. SMH! In this blog post, we will discuss some tips and tricks to keep you active and healthy while sitting at your desk.
Get up and move
The first step to keeping yourself active while at your desk is to get up and move around. Take a short walk around the office or go to the water cooler to fill up your water bottle. You could also take the stairs instead of the elevator or park your car further away from the building to get in a few extra steps.
Stretch at your desk
Incorporating some simple stretches into your daily routine can help improve blood circulation and reduce muscle stiffness. You could try some shoulder rolls, neck stretches, or even calf raises at your desk.
Set an alarm to remember to move
It’s easy to get lost in work and forget to move. Setting an alarm on your phone or computer can remind you to take a break and do some stretching or walking. Make it a point to move around at least once an hour.
Use ergonomic tools
Repetitive tasks such as typing and using a mouse can cause strain on your wrists, fingers, and arms. Using ergonomic tools such as an ergonomic keyboard or mousepad can help reduce the risk of injury and improve your posture.
Get a buddy to encourage you
Having a friend or colleague who shares your interest in staying active can be a great motivator. You could take a walk during your lunch break or remind each other to take breaks and move around throughout the day.
Be mindful of your snacks
Sitting at a desk can also lead to mindless snacking. Be sure to keep healthy snacks such as fruits, nuts, and veggies within arm’s reach. Avoid sugary or processed snacks that can cause inflammation and fatigue.
Staying healthy while sitting at your desk is not impossible. With a few simple changes in your routine, you can improve your physical and mental wellbeing. Remember to get up and move, incorporate stretches into your day, set alarms to remind yourself, use ergonomic tools, find a buddy to support you, and be mindful of your snacks. By following these tips and tricks, you can stay active and healthy even while desk-bound.
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