How Do You Avoid Sitting Down All Day?

How Do You Avoid Sitting Down All Day?

Most of us have desk jobs that involve sitting down for at least six hours of the day, and it isn’t news that sitting down for that long is bad for you, even if you exercise. Standing desks are a great option for some, but aren’t necessarily an option for everyone. What else can you do to regularly get off your butt during the day?

Back when I shared a cubicle and had few options, I used to use a small cup to get me out of my desk regularly. I’d fill the cup with water in the morning and as soon as I’d finish it I’d immediately have to get up, walk around the entire office, and fill up the cup again. I didn’t do this for the sake of walking, but more to keep me awake since I often worked ridiculous hours. Nonetheless, it got me up frequently during the day and I’d also remember to drink enough water.

How about you? What do you do to avoid sitting six or more hours per day? Share your methods in the comments.

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  • Along similar lines… but as my office is small, and we don’t have a water cooler or anything, I’ll bring 2ltrs of water and drink throughout the day.
    Doing this forces me to go for a short walk to the ladies room about every hour or two.
    Gets me up out of my chair, a little bit of walking, and you really can’t ignore it.

  • When I stopped smoking three years ago, I found that I was taking less breaks away from the desk. No real surprise, a smoke was always a good excuse for a break.

    So now each hour or so, I get up and walk a lap around the block. Less time than a smoke but much better all round.

  • Use your mobile as your main work phone. A cap plan and hands free leave you free to pace, wander or do other tasks while you’re on the phone, especially for longer calls.

    • Combine this with the small water cup trick so you’re not actually wasting time when walking to refill.

      Caffeine will also make you urinate more. Green or white tea though contains small amounts of urine and is very healthy for you, and is another thing to go fill up.

  • There’s a lot of whiteboards around our office, so rather than trying to solve a problem on a piece of paper, I’ll get up and scribble concepts there. As well as exercise, it promotes collaboration.

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