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The sitting trap – how to keep moving at the office

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By The Edith Sanford team

September 3, 2014

You may have heard the phrase “sitting is the new smoking.”

In essence, even otherwise active people who sit for prolonged periods of time, generally at work, are at greater risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Yikes!

So what can you do to combat the dangers of spending eight hours in your office chair? Here are some ideas to keep moving while you’re on the clock.

Embrace the walking meeting

Whenever possible, ditch the conference room and make your meetings walking affairs. Grab your coworkers and a notebook and do laps around the block, parking lot or your cluster of cubes. You’ll get your heart rate up and improve both your circulation and your concentration. What’s not to love?

Stretch it out

Taking frequent stretch breaks at your desk can do wonders to break up periods of inactivity. Simply getting out of your chair for a few standing thigh stretches or side bends will help jump start a work-day slump.

Get on your feet

Talk to your boss or human resources department about trading in your standard workstation for a treadmill desk. It might seem that walking, albeit slowly, on a treadmill would be distracting, but users actually report an increase in productivity, along with the benefits of exercise.

If a treadmill desk isn’t in the picture, ask for a standing desk or even an adjustable keyboard tray that will allow you to stand and work — anything to get you on your feet throughout the day.

Think face-to-face

When you have a question for a colleague, you probably shoot off an email or pick up the phone. But the next time you need to discuss the third quarter numbers, get up and walk across the office to your coworker’s desk.

The same goes for delivering a report to the 9th floor or taking the stairs to the break room. Every step counts!

While the typical modern work life seems to be perfectly suited for being sedentary, it doesn’t have to be that way. By making a conscious effort to keep moving throughout the day, you’ll improve your health and reduce the risk of breast cancer.

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