How to make your desk job less sedentary

How to make your desk job less sedentary

While being sedentary at work is often unavoidable, physical activity doesn’t need to prohibit your productivity.

By Katie Clift | 29th July 2016

Around one in three Queensland adults are sedentary every single weekday – a habit that could be hindering your health and happiness!

So how do you find time to get moving at the office? The answer: take your work for a walk.

Research shows that, in addition to increasing your fitness, walking meetings boost creativity, energy, engagement and communication skills.

Cancer Council Queensland shares five reasons you should walk the talk:

1. Improved concentration

Adding a short walk to your daily routine will improve your focus and cognitive function. And the best thing is it’s free! Improvements in concentration from exercise are often immediate and long-lasting. After a walking meeting you may find your heightened concentration continues at your desk.

2. Boosted creativity

A recent study from Stanford University found that creative output can be increased by an average of 60 per cent while walking. When we walk, our hearts pump faster, circulating more blood and oxygen through our body and to our brain. This can help trigger new ideas, thoughts and feelings.

3. Enhanced wellbeing

Physical activity is key to improving your overall health and wellbeing. Not only will it help reduce your waistline, it will lower your risk of chronic disease, including some cancers. Whether a walking meeting takes 10 or 30 minutes, every step makes a difference.

4. Reduced stress

Let’s face it – work can sometimes be stressful. When there are multiple deadlines to meet, staff to manage and conflicts to resolve, it’s hard to keep a clear mind. But walking is proven to reduce stress levels and leave you feeling cool, calm and collected.

5. Better relationships.

A walking meeting offers the ideal setting to connect with your peers. To walk alongside managers and colleagues is less confrontational than a traditional meeting, which aids with conversations about difficult or complex topics. It also enables colleagues to share a new activity and strengthen bonds.

Take a stand for your health and happiness with these five easy tips.

Other small changes such as getting on your feet when taking a phone call, standing for a stretch every 30 minutes, or opting for a standing desk are all effective ways to help combat our sedentary lifestyles and expanding waistlines.

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Article by Katie Clift

Brisbane born and bred, Katie Clift is Executive Manager, Media and Spokesperson at Cancer Council Queensland. Catch her weekly radio show, Live Well, Be Well on 96Five, or downloadable at www.cancerqld.org.au!