By Joshua Cantoni
We all want to feel great. It’s a simple fact of life, no one wants to go around feeling sub-par, or bad (at least you wouldn’t think so!). There are lots of ways that people can make a start with feeling better, and a lot of these then lead on to better productivity. These don’t even need to be big things; you may already be doing some of them on a daily basis!
Here is our list of 7 easy ways to feel great and productive in the workplace!
Climbing the stairs instead of taking the lift – Increase your step count with some incidental exercise. In buildings where it is possible, this is a great way to get your heart rate up a bit, and in many cases (as long as you don’t have 20 floors to travel), it is actually faster than taking the lift!
Going outside to grab some coffee or lunch instead of asking your office assistant or using delivery services – Enjoy the fresh air and some sunshine. Now, I know a lot of people reading this may not have an assistant to get them their lunch (I wish I did though, that would actually be great!), this still definitely applies. Even if you have packed lunch, take it for a walk up the street to a park, and eat there. Your afternoon will be much better because of it!
Pacing back and forth in your office space to take phone calls instead of staying chained to your desk – Not only a good excuse to move, but this can help with concentration and/or nervousness. This one is pretty self-explanatory; if you don’t need to be sitting down to take the call, why not get some laps in! If you have a space to yourself, you could even make a game of it, to get the most number of laps in 1 call!
Setting a timer or reminder to take a walk every 30 minutes or hour to get a glass of water instead of being tempted by the office vending machine – Make use of apps and technology for positive reasons by developing some good habits such as keeping well hydrated. Again, this one is pretty self-explanatory. It is not only important to be getting up and moving every half hour or so, but it is also very important to be regularly drinking water, to help everything in your body function properly!
Stretching while seated instead of sore/tight muscles – Your lower back, neck and shoulders will thank you for it. Sitting for long periods will inevitably make you tight, and often sore. Stretching any relevant muscles here will help release that tension, which can often be a distraction, in a bad way!
Using a standing, adjustable desk instead of a regular, normal desk – Alternate standing and sitting for each work task throughout the day. These are slowly becoming more popular, and that is a great trend! Standing while working, while it may seem like it would just be a distraction, actually helps to increase the blood flow around the body, and helps keep muscles working to burn a few more calories than if you were sitting down.
Inflating a yoga/stability ball to use as a seat instead of an ergonomic office chair – This will promote you to engage/activate your gluts, hamstrings and core muscles to activate and keep your posture upright. If you can’t get a standing desk, this is your next best option! While it may not be quite as comfortable as a reclining chair, a stability ball will help you keep most of the muscles in your lower body engaged, which will in turn help to keep your energy levels up, and burn more calories!
So there you have it, our list of 7 easy ways to feel great and productive in the workplace! How many are you doing already? Were you hitting all of the things on the list? If so, great work and keep it up!