Let's face it. Corporate America culture is killing us. We sit for hours and exist in a sedentary bubble. We only get one hour to scraf down food just to return back to our desks. And we celebrate birthdays with cakes, cookies and of course, the occasional happy hour after work. The focus in Corporate America is productivity and that's it.
I've worked for small businesses and been in Corporate America for over six years. More than six years of sitting. More than six years of donuts or others. More than six years of a depleting health and I'm not getting any younger. 😩
So here are 6 ways that I've increased my health that I know will make a difference for you too!
1. Take a Squat Break. Sitting for hours is proven to decrease your hamstring flexibility. It can also cause tight glute muscles. In the U.S., if you work eight hours, you are legally permitted to take two 15-minute breaks outside of your one-hour lunch break. (Smokers know this rule very well and are not afraid to go on their smoke break! 🤣) So DON'T JUST SIT THERE. Get up and take a squat break. You can do this at your desk, cubicle, office, or even in the break room. Take 15 minutes for yourself and use that time to move.
2. Do a Water Challenge. A little friendly competition never hurt anyone right? You can do a water challenge with a coworker, a group of people, within your department or the company at large. Water is proven to increase productivity by 14%. 14%?! 😲 Let the managers rejoice and sing hosanna! If you are looking for ways to fight that 3:00 PM feeling or simply increase your productivity, water is key.
3. Standing During Meetings. I know, I know. You don't want to be that "weird person."
But what's even uncomfortable is hearing your doctor say, "you got to make a change...your health depends on it."
Some people and companies have invested in a standing desk because of the noted health benefits. Those health benefits include, reducing back pain and improve energy. 🙋🏾♀️ We'll take it! So, if you do not have a standing desk, why not stand during a meeting? Even if you don't stand for the entire meeting, commit to stand for 5-10 minutes.
4. Find a Walking Buddy! 👯♀️ Accountability is important. When you have someone alongside for the ride, it can make it easier. Take that water cooler gossip and go around the building in a brief walk. Remember, you get two 15-minute breaks! And if you live in a hot state like Florida or Georgia, try to find a shaded sidewalk. If you have winter blues and can't get outside, you can go back and forth in a secluded area in the building (without disrupting your colleagues of course!)
5. Skip the Elevator. If you work in a multi-floor building and have the physical capability to take the stairs, then do it. If you don’t work in a multi-floor building, you can park your car on one-side of the building and ”take the long way” to the entrance. The goal is to get continuously move throughout the day.
Bonus Tip: Say no to the cookies! 😩
We hope these tips and ways improve help you! What are some things that you do to improve your health at work? Comment below!
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