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Do This Every Day to Benefit Your Health

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Most Americans spend an average of 8 hours per day at their desk. Add a commute and time relaxing on the couch at the end of the day and we are left with a very sedentary lifestyle that can contribute to an increase in heart disease, metabolic syndrome and a slower metabolism/weight gain.

So what can you do to combat the effects of a sedentary lifestyle if you work at a desk every day?

  1. Get up from your desk once an hour and stretch
  2. Try using a stand up desk at least half the day (you can make one yourself by using a tall box or making a more elaborate one here). I personally find standing all day tough on my back, so I like to break up the day with half standing and half sitting
  3. Use part of your lunch break to take a walk
  4. Try a stability/balance ball chair or disc that builds a healthier back and core while you sit
  5. Track your steps per day with a FitBit or similar device. Your goal should be 10,000 steps a day

Whether you are sitting OR standing at your desk, it’s important that your desk is set up properly:

photo courtesy of iamnotaprogrammer.com

  • Computer screen at eye level
  • Arms at a 90 degree angle with your keyboard
  • If you are sitting, your feet should be flat on the ground and at a 90 degree angle (if you are short like me, you can use a small shipping box or similar to put your feet up on)

Do you have a stand up desk at work? What do you do to incorporate movement during a work day? I’d love to hear from you!

Photos courtesy of Ambro and iamaprogrammer @ Digitalphotos.net

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