If you’re reading this article while you’re taking a quick work break at the office, odds are that you’re doing it sitting down. Or maybe you’re doing a 5-minute internet browsing session before you even open that dreaded spreadsheet document, and this initial sit-down kicks off three hours straight of sitting at your desk. Unfortunately, there’s some bad news bears for you: Sitting is not a healthy thing to do, especially not for an 8-hour work day.
Study after study has shown that sitting has a negative impact on your health. Not only does sitting increase your risk for diabetes and obesity, but it also makes you more likely to die of a heart attack. On a more positive note, so you’re not crying in your coffee, walking can help reduce cancer risk, among a whole host of other benefits.
Experts say that not only is it important that you still get your workouts in, but you should also do your best to avoid sitting for long periods of time, which is no easy task when you have a desk job. So are you doomed to death or disease if you’re chained to a desk for your day job? Not so fast! There are numerous ways to fit more standing and walking into your day even if you have to sit to make a living. Yep, you really can bust out of that desk chair and get moving at work! Click on for 18 awesome ways to get active while you’re at the office.