Tuesday Tip: Sitting Stinks

Young elegant African American businesswoman with Asian male colleague walking on street stairway carrying papers while meeting on modern conferenceMost of us sit at our desks for at least six hours a day. But sitting for hours on end hurts our muscles and joints. How do we keep our job and our health?

Here are some ways to avoid sitting all day. Pick a few of your favorites and incorporate them into your routine. Your body will thank you.

  1. Stand while you work. Switch to a standing desk or get a desktop stand for your computer if you can.
  2. Take movement breaks. Use a fitness app or set an alarm on the phone to remind yourself to move your body!
  3. Walk during calls or meetings. Stand or walk when you’re on the phone. At meetings, ask your co-worker to walk around the building instead of sitting.
  4. Stay hydrated. Every time you fill your water bottle, you get up and move! Plus, drinking enough water every day helps lubricate your joints.
  5. Stretch in the morning, at lunch, and right after work. Stretching helps counteract some of the harmful symptoms of sitting too much, and it’s a good movement break. That’s a win-win situation! Focus on shoulders, glutes, legs, and your back to hit areas most affected by sitting.

Use these strategies to sit less and enjoy a happier (and healthier) you.

Marie Brown Stafford: As an Inside Sales Rep at Network 1, Marie uses her empathetic nature and outstanding project management skills to uncover future clients’ needs so she can provide effective recommendations on the services they need to fulfill each one.

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