How to Go From Desk Jockey to Wellness Warrior in Five Simple Steps

14 Jul
Stack some shelves, a coffee table, or nail a few pieces of wood together and create your own standing workstation such as the one featured here from www.standupdesktops.com

Stack some shelves, a coffee table, or nail a few pieces of wood together and create your own standing workstation such as the one featured here from http://www.standupdesktops.com

We all know that sitting on your tuckus for 8+ hours per day will strip you of energy, health and a svelte body. Not cool. However, I’m not into using statistical scare tactics to help you reclaim your health–I dig positive action. Here are five simple steps you can implement for a health upgrade.

 

1. Ask For a Standing Workstation (or buy one yourself). If your company doesn’t value your health and productivity enough to invest in a standing workstation after you’ve asked, then step up to the plate. Buy it or build it–just know you are worth it.

2. Get Mobile. Talking on the phone? Put it on speaker or use a headset and walk around while you chat. Need to email/ call a co-worker or pick up a report? Walk to their office and talk in person. Elevator to the fourth floor? Of course not, silly. Stairs will do just fine.

3. Redefine Meetings. Whether you are meeting a co-worker or doing some networking, skip the boring office and coffee shop, grab your digital recorder and hit the trails. Walking meetings are far more productive and creative because you are getting more oxygen to your brain. If weather outdoors isn’t cooperating, then hit the gym, mall or museum.

4. Take a Weight Break. Stash weights in your office/ cubicle or simply use your body to build strength, stretch and move. Your office/ cubicle, stairwell, hallway or outdoor areas are great places to do this mini desk workout or other energy-building exercises such as jumping jacks and walking lunges. Fear feeling foolish with your co-workers? Ask Staring Stan and Chatty Cathy to join you. Will people talk about you, will you be different? Yes, probably, if “different” means you’ll be the person who is energetic, efficiently and effectively performing their job and dropping pant sizes. Then… yes, please!

5. Eat Real Food. When you care about something, you treat it well. Your body is no different, so treat it right by eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, and high quality fats and proteins.  Greatly reduce or eliminate processed foods, caloric beverages and sugar, and you’ll feel vibrant, look healthy and perform like a rock star. Pinky swear.

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