We sit a lot. We may sit all day at a full-time job while we are starting out in voice-over, or recording an audiobook. If we edit our voiceovers, we may be sitting for a while then too. We sit when we do our research for voice-over leads and marketing efforts. So, sitting at your desk all day may seem like the most productive way to get work done, especially when you have that handmade butt pillow from Japan infused with “alert aromatics” like citrus and pine, but it’s essential to move around and stand up now and then. Prolonged sitting can lead to various health issues, such as back pain, poor posture, and even decreased life expectancy. So if you find yourself sitting for long periods of time, it’s essential to incorporate some stretches and movements to keep your body healthy and strong. Here are a few suggestions to help you get moving:
1. Take breaks every 30 minutes. Set a timer on your phone, computer, or tomato-shaped kitchen timer to remind you to stand up and stretch at least once every 30 minutes. Then, walk around for a few minutes to get your blood flowing and loosen up your muscles.
2. Do some basic desk stretches. You don’t need a lot of space to stretch out your muscles. Instead, try some simple desk stretches like shoulder rolls, neck stretches, and wrist extensions to release tension and improve your range of motion.
3. Use a standing desk. Switch to a standing desk or a desk converter that allows you to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day. Standing burns more calories, promotes better posture, and reduces the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Have you ever heard the expression “2 birds, one stone?” A convertible desk may address a whole “flock” of issues!
4. Take a walk outside. Just walk outside for fresh air and sunshine if you have a few spare minutes. And if you’re in an urban area and it’s pouring rain, grab your umbrella and get a whiff of that “rain on asphalt” scent (hmmm, so nice…weird but nice.) Walking is an excellent low-impact exercise that helps improve circulation, boost energy levels, and reduce stress.
It’s so easy to sit at a desk and “power through” but these small daily movements and stretches can significantly improve your overall health and productivity. So please take a few minutes each hour to move your body; your body and mind will thank you for it!
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This post was written by Tina Mueller