It’s no secret that sitting at a desk all day is bad for your health. Today, we are going to talk about ways to combat the physical and mental effects of sitting down for long periods of time. Continue reading below to find some tips and tricks to help you power through your day at work.

Move!

Get up and move throughout the day! Standing up and moving around after sitting for a long period of time is going to be most beneficial; for you. Make a commitment to yourself to get up every hour and go on a quick walk around the office. Set a time limit that you’re comfortable with, like working for 60 minutes straight and then standing up for 10 minutes.

Stretch!

In order to alleviate tension in your muscles, stretch! Some easy stretches like spinal twists, half-kneel stretch, or downward dog are simple yet effective. Stretching your muscles periodically after sitting in front of a computer all day will improve your posture and help your body alignment. After stretching, your body will feel better and looser because stretching really well produces blood flow.

Brain Break!

Getting up from your desk every hour or so is not only good for you physically, but also mentally. Stretching or going on a quick walk will make you feel refreshed! Your brain needs mental breaks throughout the day in order to increase your productivity and creativity. If you’re feeling tired or have a midday crash, that would be the perfect time to stretch or get up from your desk. It will diminish those feelings of drowsiness and help you feel more alert to get through the end of the day.

It’s not possible for someone to sit for 8 hours a day and not have any physical or mental effects. Use these tips to counteract the effects sitting has on your body!

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