You may have opted to get rid of your office chair and gone down the standing desk route, but we can all agree that sitting too long is dangerous to your health. Studies have shown that prolonged sitting can increase our risk of different diseases, including cancer and type 2 diabetes. More and more people who work the 9 to 5 working day have been spending a little more time away from their desks and chairs for this reason.
Standing At Your Desk Burns More Calories Than Sitting
It’s nice to know you’re doing something good for yourself during what’s usually our most sedentary office hours, but it’s not just your lifespan that can be affected — standing instead of sitting can affect your waistline too. If you chose to replace and hour or two of sitting at your desk with standing at your desk, it can help burn a few extra calories over your basal metabolic rate (the amount of calories you burn when you’re not doing anything, like when you’re sitting) in addition to helping your health.
Other Calories Burning Options At Work
1 – Short Cardio Exercises
This may be a challenging task, but find a quiet area in an empty meeting room and try starting with some jumping jacks. Try this for one minute every hour of your day to start seeing some results.
2. Stairs over Lifts
If you need to visit the bathroom or you are going out for lunch take the stairs, try taking the stairs at any option over using elevators to burn calories.
3. Office Yoga
If you are an advocate of yoga, why not try incorporating this into your office life, interlace your fingers overhead releasing thumb and pointer fingers. Extend your arms straight, biceps by your ears. Square shoulders and hips. Point your fingers up and slightly back. Lean to one side. Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
Lunges are a great exercise in and out of the gym, take a few minutes with the support of your office chair to complete a few sets of lunges.
6. Shake and Fidget
Those who shake and fidget burn more calories than those who don’t? Understandable, they do because they’re constantly moving. If you fidget while you work either using your legs or your hands.
7. Desk Push-ups
Use your desk like a piece of gym equipment by doing push-ups. Place your palms on the edge of your desk, and walk your feet out until your body is in a diagonal, straight line. Lower your chest, bending at your elbows. Push up to starting position. Repeat until exhaustion.
8. Wall Sits Work
Find some quality wall space during your next water cooler or in a quiet meeting room. To do a wall sit, place your back against the wall, feet about 1-2 feet off the wall. Slowly lower down. Aim for a 90 degree bend in the knee. Hold until exhaustion.