Jobs in general give people a sense of purpose and a means with which to support themselves financially. More than that, they're also a really great way to get out into the world and forge lasting bonds and partnerships. That doesn't mean there aren't accompanying downsides, though. Most corporate jobs require extended periods of sitting, which can present certain health challenges to both men and women, young and old. Luckily, there's ways to get out of your seat without throwing off your entire work day. Here are just a few ways to improve your rate of activity while at the office: Take a walk With so many meetings and projects going on, not everyone has the time to work out while actually on the job. Still, it doesn't take much, as studies have found that just 30 minutes of walking per day can leave people feeling engaged and focused. Walks are also a great way to interact with co-workers, leading to opportunities for either socializing or brainstorming for that next big project. Always stretch The problem with sitting all day is that it can wreak havoc with your overall posture. One such solution is regular stretching. As little as 10 minutes per day can alleviate any pain and discomfort and leave you feeling all sorts of relaxed. And many of these postures and movements can be done right at your desk, including:
- Hand exercises: One of these easier methods is to make a fist and then move your wrists from side to side.
- Shoulder shrug: Roll your shoulders up to your ears and hold for five seconds before releasing. Repeat two to three times.
- Chest stretch: Place your hands on the back of your head and squeeze your shoulder blades together. The pressure should be felt in the back and chest equally.
Be sure to start small, doing just a few exercises at a time before building up. If you experience any discomfort, stop stretching immediately. Eat lunch outdoors The upside of eating at your desk is that you can continue working the entire time. Eating outside, though, offers far more opportunities to improve your health. For one, sunlight can help our bodies convert certain inherent chemicals into vitamin D, which can prevent a number of medical conditions. Vitamin D has also been found to bolster the immune system and reduce any feelings of stress or anxiety. And just like walking, having lunch outdoors is another great way of socializing. In fact, a monthly outdoor lunch event offers a chance to better know your fellow employees. Stand from time to time Just because you have to remain at your desk doesn't mean it has to be spent sitting. One study found that standing for two hours a day can improve your overall sense of focus and your baseline health. Still, two hours is just a starting point, and researchers believe that workers should eventually stand for up to four hours per day. Studies also suggests that even a few minutes spent out of your seat, perhaps in the break room or at a colleague's desk, can also be beneficial.