A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu
This increase in inactivity is not only linked to obesity but a whole host of physical, emotional and mental disturbances from diabetes and cardiovascular disease to depression and insomnia. Even if we fit exercise in, we can’t escape the impact on our bodies of so much time spent motionless.
Dr James Levine at The Mayo Clinic,
“Being sedentary for nine hours a day at the office is bad for your health whether you go home and watch television afterwards or hit the gym. It is bad whether you are morbidly obese or marathon-runner thin. It appears that what is critical and maybe even more important than going to the gym, is breaking up that sitting time.”
5 Ways to Get More Movement into Your Day:
If the treadmill desk seems a little unworkable at your office, consider these 5 easy ways to get more movement into your working day, each with some happy side effects!
If you can’t walk or cycle to work, consider adjusting your drive or public transport route to get moving. Park a few blocks from the office or get off the bus/train/tube a couple of stops early. Grounding yourself, literally, can have a major impact on mental health as one study found commuters who biked or walked experienced less stress and better concentration as a result.
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3. Walk & Talk
Many of us have regular weekly meetings with our boss or colleagues to check-in with progress to goals. Why not take these on the road? A change of scenery can spark creativity and the added psychological benefit of ‘walking in the same direction’ is more conducive to collaboration than the traditional face-to-face from opposite sides of the boardroom table.
4. Take lunch
Bupa claims that UK companies are losing almost £50 million a day in lost productivity because most workers work through lunch, often due to pressure from superiors.
5. Stretch yourself
Join the ever-growing number of work places integrating movement into the working day with on-site yoga classes. As well as helping us shake off stress, strengthen the immune system and counteract the sedentary habit, yoga has been shown to reduce lower back pain, a major cause of workplace absence, improve concentration and foster collaboration among employees. The chances are many co-workers would be equally happy to have the yoga studio come to them so why not take the initiative and start the ball rolling? When your boss sees the impact on absenteeism, productivity, collaboration and other ‘hard goals’ over time, chances are they will join you on the mat and see the
Take the first step today. Your body was designed to move, so use it or lose it!