How To: Makeover Your Desk
Experts are calling sitting the new smoking but unfortunately, office life isn’t exactly conducive to an active lifestyle. Luckily, we teamed up with wellness expert Randi Kant to find out little changes you can make to your desk to improve your health and make the healthy choice the easy choice.
- Ditch the Diet … Pop – Soda is sugary and has zero nutritional value. Try replacing the can on your desk with a reusable, visually appealing water bottle you can keep out at all times. If it’s in front of you, you’re more likely to drink it. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day.
- Snack Swap – chips, candy and cupcakes sure are tempting but they aren’t doing anything for your health or your waistline. Randi uses the phrase “empty calories” to describe the chip bag on our desk. She suggests creating a healthy snack drawer. Fruits, string cheese, peanut butter, and granola are just some of the munchies you can have on deck when that 3:00 craving strikes.
- Stability Ball – Swap this out for your desk chair. You’ll have to constantly engage your core muscles which will lead to not only increase your core strength and help burn calories but also help reduce lower back pain.
- Get Up and Move – Experts recommend getting up once an hour, every hour. Our bodies weren’t build to sit for extended periods of time but it’s estimated that American’s spend half of their waking hours sitting! Walk to your co-worker’s desk instead of sending her an email, take a lap around the block, or set an alarm to remind you to get up and move.