Not physical in that way. In the physical movement way. As in, you sit on your toosh all day at your desk job and get little to no activity because you’re tied to the aforementioned desk. I know when I sit in the same chair, 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, I start to feel a little lethargic. And I also get that pancake a** feeling. So, here are my 5 favorite pick-me-ups to help you wake up at your desk job and feel a little less sloth-like.
Just stand up. Seriously. Do it. Especially when you’re on the phone. Stand up every single time you’re on the phone. I promise this won’t kill you. And if you can convince your HR department to buy you a convertible sit/stand desk, make sure they order 2 and then send one to me. Please and thanks. But really, the easiest way to incorporate more standing in your day is to stand while talking on the phone. Other ideas would be to stand when you’re talking to a visitor, stand when you’re reviewing documents, or just stand when you’re doing anything that doesn’t require your fingers to be tied to your keyboard or mouse.
Another simple and easy trick. If you’re not overly busy, take the time to tidy your desk or office. File papers that you’ve been meaning to file. Shake all the gross crumbs and scary things out of your keyboard. Disinfect the top of your desk because did you know that it’s full of bacteria? An added bonus is that you won’t be the dirty cube owner in the office anymore. No one wants that title.
Stairs, that is. If you’re lucky enough to live in an office with even just one set of stairs, it’s time to make use of them. A great afternoon pick-me-up is spending 10 or 15 minutes in a windowless stairwell. I usually drag my favorite co-worker or my iPod with me to keep me company while hoofing it up and down, up and down. Great remedy for the pancake a** mentioned in the opening paragraph.
It’s time to pair your tennies with your business attire, ladies. Pair your Nikes with your slacks, gentlemen. Walking is the best medicine for that after-lunch slump. An even better way to walk? Rally your favorite co-workers for some regular quality walking time. Good gossip bonding time + a great rush of endorphins = one happy office worker. I usually have one or two walking buddies at work that I hit up when I’m in that afternoon slump or if I’ve just been sitting for too long. Having a buddy can really help you get out of your chair!
Not beer or wine. I’m talkin’ water. H2o. Agua. Drink some. Then drink some more. If I have any uber-healthy habits at work, it’s that I pound water all day long. It not only forces me to get up from my chair ever hour or so (which is easy to forget, isn’t it desk-dwellers?), it also keeps me hydrated and makes me feel better. And it doesn’t hurt that I usually engage in some sort of good old fashioned social interaction on the way to the ladies room. Ya know … that thing we used to do before twitter and facebook. 🙂
What are your best tips to get moving when you have a desk job?