Did you know that how you move at work could have a negative impact on your well-being? Repetitive tasks, improper posture, sitting for too long – the negative effects of these actions (or inactions) can add up over time.
Incorporating fitness into your day doesn’t have to involve a lunch-time workout. Spending just a few minutes on healthy movements can have huge benefits to your overall energy level.
For sedentary or office workers
If you spend most of your time at work sitting in a chair: Set a reminder to reset your sitting position every 30 minutes. Stretch your spine, reposition your seat, roll your shoulders back and down, and pull your chin back slightly.
This quick posture check will engage your core muscles, increase tone in your upper back and relieve tension and stress. Done regularly, it will even help to reduce pain and tightness, and promote increased circulation for better energy, productivity and mood.
For active workers
If you’re active at work: ensure your walking stride is comfortable, your spine is tall, and your shoulders are rolled back and down. Pull in your abdominal muscles while you walk (as if to tuck your navel under your ribcage) and contract your pelvic floor muscles. This practice will ensure your core is engaged and that your walking gait is joint-friendly. Let your on-the-go job double as a postural workout!
No matter how you move at work, take at least 3 minutes every hour to look after yourself. Incorporating wellness into your day is a simple and effective way to make fitness a lifestyle.