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5 Creative Ideas to Move and Stay Active While in the Office

June 15, 2023

Sitting at a desk for extended periods can lead to a sedentary lifestyle, negatively impacting our health and productivity. Incorporating movement into our daily office routines can help combat these issues. In this blog post, we’ll explore five creative ideas to move and stay active while in the office, ensuring a healthier and more energized workday.

Deskercise

Deskercise refers to simple exercises that can be performed at your desk without disrupting your workflow. Incorporate stretches, neck rolls, shoulder shrugs, and wrist exercises into your routine. These movements can help alleviate tension and improve blood circulation. For inspiration, check out deskercise routines shared by fitness experts such as the Mayo Clinic [1].

Active Meetings

Rather than conducting all meetings while seated, consider incorporating movement into your discussions. Take walking meetings by strolling around the office or nearby outdoor areas. This change in environment can foster creativity and boost engagement. Research has shown that walking can enhance cognitive performance [2].

Stand-Up Desks and Stability Balls

Swap your traditional desk for a stand-up desk or a stability ball chair. Standing while working promotes better posture and burns more calories than sitting. Stability balls engage core muscles, improve balance, and encourage subtle movements. These alternatives can benefit your overall health and well-being [3].

Mini Exercise Equipment

Introduce small exercise equipment into your office space. Items like resistance bands, hand grippers, and stress balls can provide opportunities for quick exercise breaks. These portable, inexpensive, and versatile tools allow you to engage various muscle groups during short movement intervals.

Active Breaks and Challenges

Encourage a culture of movement by implementing active breaks and challenges within the office. During lunch breaks, organize stretching sessions, yoga or pilates classes, or even short group workouts. Additionally, consider setting up such difficulties as step-count competitions or plank contests to keep everyone motivated and engaged in physical activity.

Incorporating movement into your daily office routine can enhance your overall well-being and productivity. Deskercise, active meetings, stand-up desks, mini exercise equipment, and active breaks/challenges are just a few creative ideas to get you started. Remember, small changes can make a big difference. Prioritize movement and encourage your colleagues to join, creating a healthier, more vibrant workplace.

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References

[1] Mayo Clinic – Deskercises

[2] Harvard Business Review – How to Do Walking Meeting Right

[3] Mayo Clinic – Office Ergonomics: Your How to Guide

 

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