As you head back to work after the summer holiday break, it is a good time to rethink how you can stay more active in the workplace.
Studies have found that sitting for too long and being inactive can play a direct role in poor health and early death, with higher rates of bowel cancer and type 2 diabetes. Office workers who sit for long periods are also at higher risk of neck pain and associated headaches. A slouched posture while sitting is typically responsible for this.
It is also known that office workers who stand and move around more at work have improved productivity and concentration over their work colleagues
Here are a few tips that can help you reduce your sitting as you go back to work after your break:
1. Refresh your thinking about your “desk job” – desk jobs do not have to be sitting jobs.
2. Be brave enough to exercise in the office – close the door if you must – it will help you feel more energetic and reduce pain.
3. Have standing and walking meetings with colleagues.
4. Start a lunchtime walking group.
Hope this helps