My 3 Top Tips For Staying Active In a Desk Job

This is a collaborative post with Furniture at Work, but you know me, all views and opinions are always my own ;)

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.

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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? 



This is a collaborative post with Furniture at Work, but you know me, all views and opinions are always my own ;)


  1. Mollie M
    October 3, 2016 / 20:08

    Next time you are at British Library, let me know. I work next door. We could meet for lunch x

  2. Chi-Chi
    September 25, 2016 / 22:28

    those yoga poses are going to be so helpful; especially the cat/cow pose! You could do (most of) them on a long haul flight as well x

  3. Petite Heartbeat
    September 12, 2016 / 13:10

    These are all awesome ideas. I love going for walks throughout the day. We just got standing desks which are awesome.

  4. CARLA
    September 12, 2016 / 09:44

    ahhh this is so so so my life right now BUT Ive failed to ever try the office YOGA (OGA?! :)).Im in 🙂

  5. Scallywag Sprints
    September 12, 2016 / 07:51

    I do stretches and a lunch walk. I also work out a lot in lunch breaks, do 10 squats whenever I go to the bathroom (when washing hands), and use the headspace app for 10 mins first thing in the morning

    • Elle Linton
      September 12, 2016 / 08:20

      I love the squats with bathroom breaks! haha! …I really need to start implementing all this into my current routine!

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