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In previous blog posts we have discussed how hard it is on your body to sit at a desk all day every day. It can cause problems with your bones, muscles, circulation, and organs. Some have even likened the scope of detrimental effects caused by prolonged sitting to those of smoking. If you are interested in learning more about these negative health effects check out our blog, Sitting is the Enemy. We also recognize that sitting for extended periods of time is often unavoidable (we have that mortgage to pay, after all), but by simply making a few minor changes to your work habits you can drastically improve your overall health.

drinking-water1. Drink water all day. Staying well hydrated is always a good idea, but getting up to refill your glass (or empty your bladder) will force you to move around.

2. Walk while you talk. If you can, have walking meetings or pace while you talk on the phone.

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3. Use your commute as a way to exercise. Walk or bike to work. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Upward-Stretch4. Stretch for 10 min every morning before you get in the shower. It doesn’t seem like much, but doing certain stretches every day can significantly reduce the aches and pains caused by prolonged sitting. Check out our blog, Yoga Poses to Combat the Ill Effects of Sitting!

5. Change you work space to be a healthier environment. De-clutter to reduce your stress. Get a plant for your desk. Trade out your chair for a stability ball or standing desk.

mason-jar-salad6. Bring your own lunch. You will tend to eat more calories when you eat out (not to mention that it is much more expensive). There are lots of healthy options that are easily portable. Mason jar salads are a great way to go! Don’t forget to bring a healthy snack too, so you won’t be tempted by that candy bar or bag of chips to get through the afternoon!

7. Don’t skip your lunch break. Just because you bring your lunch, don’t just work straight through – get up and get away from your desk, even if it is just for 15 minutes. Go for a walk. Smell the flowers. Give your eyes a break from the glowing electronic screens for a little while.

pg-weight-exercise-at-work-05-full8. Workout at your desk. Okay so this may seem silly, but there are many exercises that you can do while sitting that are so stealthy that no one would guess that you are building muscle! Here are some great deskercises!