When you run your own business, especially when you are starting out, most of your time is spent at your desk. Whether you are researching the next best web host, or figuring out what SEO means you are sitting at your desk typing away at your computer.
This can be great for your business, but it can be very detrimental to your health. Living a sedentary lifestyle is one of the quickest ways to lower your health; it is bad for your heart, brain, and waistline.
I can tell you from experience that this is much more difficult done than said. However, there are simple ways that you can incorporate more standing into your day. You can definitely purchase one of the expensive treadmill desks, but it is not
Here are three ways you can easily stand more:
- Raise your computer up to a height that allows you stand while you work.
- When writing, stand at a table.
- Break up your day with small breaks every hour in which you spend at least five minutes walking around. It doesn’t matter if this is a walk around the block, or simply getting more coffee you will still get the same effect.
If you cannot get up every hour, at least fidget. Even fidgeting can help you burn a few extra calories.
Not only will the walking around help you burn a few calories, but standing improves your blood circulation. As your blood circulates throughout your body it delivers oxygen to much needed areas such as the brain. Having more oxygen circulating throughout your body increases your mood and productivity. You will be more alert and awake during those long hours that you put in working on your business.
(Another email for another day, but try to work IN your business more than you work ON your business. Trust that you have done what you can.)
Sometimes you may not have the option to stand while you work. That is okay, you are not going to fail at weight loss or productivity. It simply means that you need to brush up on your creative juices.
Find ways to incorporate extra standing before you get to work. If you run your business out of an office, try standing on the train or walking to work when feasible. If you work out of your home, take a quick walk around the outside of your house before you begin work.
Other times you can stand instead of sit are when you are completing tasks such as that phone call. How many times have you been on a conference call or a one-to-one call and sat at your desk.
Instead of sitting at your desk, get up and walk around. You will burn extra calories plus, as mentioned earlier, you will improve your thought processes and creativity while thinking on your feet.
(The term “thinking on your feet” came from somewhere. This may not be it, but I like to think of it that way. When you are on your feet you can adjust easier to various situations.)
There are many times throughout your day that you can stand more. Get your creative juices flowing and share your ideas with me; they may just appear in my next blog.