“Sitting is the new smoking” is the phrase that has been tossed around a lot these last few years. And to a degree, it is true. Sitting for extended periods of time is something that isn’t natural for the human body to do. It can cause a lot of aches and pains, as I’m sure everyone knows. But it can also increase your odds of long term health conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart disease. On top of this, studies have shown that high levels of inactivity can also decrease your energy and your focus. This hurts productivity. Here, then, are a few tips on how to have a more active work day.

Get Your Steps In

Walking is an activity that can go a long way in increasing your physical, as well as mental, health. It not only burns calories, which can help you lose weight, but it also increases blood flow. This increased blood flow can reduce your risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, and other such conditions. Even more, studies have suggested that walking actually increases energy levels, which helps you to focus and keep working strong throughout the day. So to help get in your steps try printing your documents to a printer that is farther away or take a short lap around the office.

Further studies have also shown that walking can promote creativity. In this sense, if you have a meeting with a small number of people, try scheduling it as a walking meeting. Most likely everyone has been sitting all day and needs to get in the steps anyway. Plus it’ll increase the team’s ability to think of and put out creative solutions to what is being discussed.

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Stand More and Sit Less

Another active way to decrease the amount of time you spend sitting is to simply stand more. This, like walking, can help to increase your blood flow, improve your health, and boost your energy levels. In order to spend more time standing, you can simply get up and stretch in your work station every so often, ideally 5-15 minutes of every hour. But you can take that one step further with a sit-stand desk. Sit stand desks, such as the Winston and Winston-E, allow you to work at your computer while you stand. This allows you to take full advantage of the boost in productivity that standing more at work can give you.