Sitting at a desk all day isn’t going to help you lose any weight, but is it really that bad for you? Studies say yes, it is. In fact, it turns out that sitting for more than six hours a day is as unhealthy for you as smoking a pack of cigarettes every day. That’s pretty bad. However, there are things that you can do to combat the negative effects of a sit-down job. Check out some of the ways that you can outfit your office with your health and fitness in mind.
Under the Desk Pedal Machines
If you have a desk with plenty of room underneath, you can slide in a pedal machine designed to fit under the desk. There are several varieties of under desk pedal machines, from lightweight steppers designed for use while sitting, to motorized pedal bike exercisers, to under the desk elliptical machines that can be used while sitting but are also strong enough to use while standing.
Using these kinds of machines will improve the blood circulation in your legs and help keep your heart rate up. Pedaling while you work will also keep your metabolism moving, which can help you work off your lunch.
You’ve probably heard of people who have replaced their office chairs with exercise balls. If the idea of trying to balance on an exercise ball while typing makes you nervous, don’t worry – it turns out that the exercise ball isn’t a great replacement for an office chair.
However, there are things you can do to your office chair to turn it into an exercise chair. Look for resistance band kits that can be attached to your existing chair. With these, you can stretch your shoulders, give your arms a workout, or even do ab exercises at your desk.
Of course, the best way to avoid the hazards of sitting all day is to not sit all day. Standing desks, or adjustable desks that let you sit or stand as needed, can change your whole perspective on your workday.
In addition to the health benefits from sitting less, you may find a standing desk surprisingly comfortable. Sitting for too long can cause back pain, so spending some of those hours standing up can help you feel better quickly simply by relieving pressure on your spine. If you want to go all out, you might even consider a treadmill desk – that way you can walk and work.
Office furniture doesn’t have to be unhealthy. New additions and designs for office furniture can allow you to live a healthier lifestyle while you pursue your career.