How Moving More And Sitting Less Can Increase Your Productivity

Have you ever been hunched over your desk, glued to your chair for hours on end trying to finish a project on time? When we’re working hard, or facing a tight deadline, our instinct is to put as much time as possible in, working fast and furious. And it works, for a while…

Then it starts to catch up with you. Your mind is tired, the work doesn’t flow the way it did in the beginning. This is when you have a choice to make. You can walk away for a bit, clear your head and come back refreshed and ready to get back to work. Or you can tough it out and keep plugging away. You may be surprised to learn that walking away, going for a walk, and just moving around will help you work faster and better when you sit back down at your desk.

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And this isn’t just true during crunch time. Moving more and spending less time sitting at your desk can help your productivity throughout your work week. Anytime you take a break to do a few stretches and exercises, go for a stroll through the building, or even leave for a quick walk outside, you come back refreshed and with more focus. Additionally, “losing” time that you spent moving around forces you to focus and get things done. Work has a tendency to expand to whatever amount of time you give it. By taking away some of that time, and using it to workout and move more, you’re simply making yourself work more efficiently when you do sit at your desk. In other words, it can be in your best interest to spend less time in your office chair.

Give it a try the next time you’re stuck on a task, or the work simply doesn’t flow as it should. Get up and move around. Go for a walk and clear your head. Get your body moving and blood pumping through your body including your brain. Then come back to your work task. You’ll notice that suddenly the work goes much smoother and you have no trouble getting into the flow. You’re able to focus and concentrate much better and your productivity soars. There are two reasons for this. The first is that the exercise as mentioned increases blood flow and more oxygen is transported to the brain. More importantly, though, during the time you spent moving around, your brain didn’t really stop working on the task you set it. Your subconscious and possibly also your conscious mind where working things out, allowing you to sit down and take care of business upon your return.

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5 Simple Ways To Move More During Your Work Day

When you’re working an office job, it can be a bit of a challenge to get enough physical activity in. After all, there’s only so much you can do after work and on the weekend to balance out all the sitting you do at work. The key then is to make an effort to move more during your workday. Here are five easy and simple ways to do just that.

One of the easiest things you can do is to simply take breaks throughout the day and move around. Use them to walk to the break room, to walk over to a coworker’s desk, or just stroll around the office building while figuring out the best way to tackle your latest work project. Here’s another idea. Make it a habit to walk around during phone calls. There’s no reason to sit at your desk while you talk. Stand up, grab the phone, and stroll through our office. Not only does it help you move more and sit less, you’ll sound more energized and enthusiastic to the person on the other end. Give it a try.

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You don’t have to wait until you get to your desk to make an effort to move more. Start your day by parking a little further away and walking into the office building. Once there, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Taking a few extra steps here and there may not seem like much, but all those little steps add up and they add up quickly.

Another great strategy is to go for a short walk during your lunch break. If you bring your own lunch, it will leave you with plenty of time to head out to a local park, or a quick walk around the block. Not only will this help you boost your daily activity, walking at lunch time will also leave you energized and ready to tackle the rest of your workday.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, consider taking walking meetings. Instead of sitting across a desk from your client or colleague, suggest the two of you take a short walk while you talk things over. There’s a long tradition of these types of meetings. They can be both pleasant and productive.

As you can see, you can make some small tweaks and changes to your workday that allow you to move more. If you’re curious to see how much more you end up walking, put on a pedometer and start keeping track of your daily steps.

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