As the top of the 12 months approaches, I discover myself surrounded by individuals making unbelievable commitments to their well being. They’re going to run marathons and swap the weekly pizza night time for home made kale and quinoa salads and, oh, do I need to be a part of them for Dry January? (Erm, most likely not, however thanks for asking.)
I’m happy with these buddies who know that they’re definitely worth the effort it takes to be wholesome. I will probably be their largest cheerleader.
I’m additionally over right here, pondering … you guys know there are a lot simpler methods to make a big effect, proper?
Call me lazy (I prefer to name myself environment friendly, personally), however I’m all about discovering methods to make the common issues I already do on daily basis a bit of bit higher for me. And the perfect place to begin when making an attempt to determine that out is by what I spend a big portion of my day doing. If you’re like me and spend a lot of your workday at a desk, the reply may be, nicely, proper beneath your keister.
Isn’t it loopy to consider how a lot effort we put forth on the health club and within the kitchen … after which we go and sit for eight hours a day?
Fortunately, that additionally signifies that some of the neglected however tremendous easy resolutions ever is one you possibly can — and possibly ought to — make this 12 months. It’s so simple as vowing to spend much less time sitting and extra time standing or transferring whilst you work. And I’ve bought a couple of suggestions for making that decision a actuality.
How to Sit Less and Stand More
1. First, provide you with a plan. As I discussed last month, even the fittest amongst us would possibly battle to go straight from sitting to standing (and, truly, your finish objective shouldn’t be to face all day, anyway — it’s all about mixing it up!) so take into consideration what it’s that you simply need to accomplish — and the way that may realistically work along with your schedule and duties. Can you set a reminder so that you simply get out of your chair for a minimum of a couple of minutes each hour? Are there particular duties you recognize you possibly can do in your ft? Instead of simply saying you need to stand extra, set particular targets — each quick time period and long term — so to really inform whether or not or not you’re hitting the mark.
2. Then, make certain standing is a simple choice. This will come as no shock at this level, I’m positive, however my VARIDESK standing desk answer (which adjusts actually simply from sitting to standing and again once more) is one workplace merchandise I can’t think about residing with out, and I’ve inspired everybody I do know to get one among their very own.
Of course, this was simple for me to implement as a result of I’ve a house workplace and I’m the boss, so there’s no person who’s gonna say no. But, in case you’re in an workplace and the powers that be want a bit of convincing, make certain they know current research out of Cornell University has proven that standing doesn’t simply burn extra energy than sitting, nevertheless it boosts productivity — considerably. If you’ve been coping with again ache or different musculoskeletal points, standing can also help with that.
three. Finally, look into methods to include extra motion in the course of the day. Personally, I discover this waaaay simpler to do once I’m already standing — stepping again and stretching and even knocking out a fast 5- or 10-minute yoga circulation or energy exercise between conferences is an precise factor that occurs in my life today, guys. And a couple of years in the past … it was decidedly not. VARIDESK has a couple of instruments that make motion easy, too, just like the ActiveMat Rocker (which lets you swing one foot forwards and backwards whereas standing at your station) and the Monitor Arm (which helps you to transfer your monitor to a great deal of positions so you may work from extra locations with out disrupting your desk).
Small adjustments won’t appear fairly as horny as plotting an enormous well being overhaul, however they’re the important thing to creating habits that stick. And, if you concentrate on it, altering the way in which you spend practically half your waking hours — even subtly — isn’t truly so small a change in any respect.
How does your work house stack up? Are you capable of stand and transfer or do you are feeling caught in your seat? Remember, simply because you must be at your desk, that doesn’t imply you must be sitting at your desk. —Kristen