Spring semester has come to an end and summer is approaching. For some students this means starting summer with an internship or a job. These exciting opportunities might also involve being sedentary for long periods of time. So what can you do to keep active during work hours? Here are some creative ways to stay active if you have an office job or internship:
- Change up your routine to work. If possible, instead of driving to work, walk or ride a bike. You’ll get fresh air and work those leg muscles. If you have to drive to work, try to park away from the entrance to get additional steps.
- Take the stairs. Skip the elevator and you’ll increase your endurance.
- Stand up instead of sitting down. Try changing up the work day by using a standing desk to do your work.
- Take calls while standing. If you have the opportunity to stand, do so while talking on the phone.
- Move around. Avoid sitting in the same exact position for an extended period of time. You can stretch your arms or round and then straighten your back several times. This will help increase blood flow.
Written by Michelle Szczech, HealthWorks member