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Labor Day: the Transition to Desk Jobs & What it Means to Your Health

Today is Labor Day & a fabulous day to look at how work has transitioned from using our hands & bodies to using computers & technology.  

Being a yoga & fitness instructor, I am keenly aware of the importance of movement to our health & happiness. Movement is a form of detoxification, assisting our body's systems in the removal of toxins, chemicals and blocked energy. With the transition to seated jobs & the use the computers instead of our bodies, we have ramifications on our health that need to be addressed. 

Since many of us now sit all day, thus, not getting the recommended number of steps daily (10,000 steps), which used to be achieved easily in a day's work. in addition, our world is moving at a faster pace than ever before and workers are expected to do more with less time. This manifests into longer working hours, which means less time to get that movement in outside of working hours. Double whammy!

This paradyme shift is a recipe for disaster on our health & the health care costs for employers. But the question is, what can we do about it?

As the CEO of SynBella, a corporate employee wellness and wellbeing company, this is an issue I help our clients navigate on a daily basis. Many employers see the importance of helping employees stay healthy, but are confused as to how to build support for their employees without losing productivity.  

And the interesting thing is, it's productivity that increases when the human body is allowed to do what it was made to do. When humans are supported in their health, they inherently are more productive.  

So, what can you do to keep moving when you get back to your desk job tomorrow?

Consider finding a way to work while standing, walking or somehow moving. Maybe this is a stand up desk, walking meetings, packing your runners & taking lunch to walk around campus or the neighborhood across the street, getting a phone headset & taking all your calls while standing, bringing a pair of hand weights to your desk & doing bicep curls/triceps kickbacks periodically through the day, moving all your files to the other side of the room so you have to get up & walk to them each time you need them, commiting to use the downstairs bathroom instead of the conveniently placed one of your floor, printing to a printer that is furthest away from your desk, putting an alarm on your computer to get up & stretch every hour for a few minutes, initiating a group yoga/fitness class at your work a couple times a week, forming a walking club with your coworkers...the list is endless & there will be some that work better for you at your company than others, so consider brainstorming with some work friends & helpig each other reach your goals. 

With the new work world we live in, we have to get creative & find a solution to this epidemic of sedentary lifestyles. A little effort in finding many small movements to incorporate into your desk job can go a long way in keeping you healthy.