It’s been a good three and a half years since I gave up my desk job but it seems I have come almost full circle. Now being self employed / freelance and in the midst of starting a new business, I’ve needed to spend hours at a time “chained” to a desk – be it at home, in a cafe, at the British Library or in a co-working space.
On those days, it can literally be embarrassing to upload my fitness tracker data so I’ve been coming up with ways to keep me moving during work hours and thought I’d share a few with you:
1. Set A Reminder On Your Tracker
My Polar A360 has a function whereby it vibrates and displays a reminder to move if I’ve been still for a certain amount of time. You can use that reminder to move as a chance to go and get yourself a glass of water / cup of tea which’ll also help to keep you hydrated.
2. Take A Walk On Your Lunch Break
I know plenty of people don’t even take a lunch break and if you’re working at home it sometimes can be a little more difficult to remember to stop. Take some time out to walk to a nearby shop and get something healthy to cook for lunch.
3. Movement At Your Desk
Instinctively, I think we all do some stretches at our desk when our back, neck and shoulders start to feel a little tight. Furniture at Work teamed up with a yoga teacher to devise some yoga inspired movements that you can do without even leaving your desk.
They’re all super simple ways to keep moving, but sometimes you do just need to start small to create a habit and allow it to naturally become a part of your routine.
Do you work at home or in an office job?! What little tricks have you come up with to help stay active?