Modern society has been engineered to keep you sitting down. You sit while you work at the office, you sit when you drive, you sit when you watch TV, and through so many of your day’s activities. We all know and acknowledge that exercise is good for our health, but are you aware that sitting down might be actually killing you?
Sitting has been linked to obesity, heart disease, and even premature death. Thankfully, many workplaces have begun to recognize these negative effects and the value of allowing their team to move around for both health and productivity. Unified communications have significantly simplified the ability of people to communicate “on the go” so that they are never forced to remain sedentary.
Here are some of the ways you can work outside of your cubicle:
1. Take a break to walk around after you finish a task
Every time you get something done at the office, make it a point to stand and move around for a while. Get up, stretch those tight muscles, or even take a lap around the building. If you’re worried about your boss giving you a hard time for taking a break, make use of the instant messaging capabilities of your unified communications 2017 system.
Instant messaging will allow you to keep your projects moving without the need for calling meetings and writing lengthy emails. This is “work while you move and move while you work” in the truest sense.
2. Go out for lunch
You don’t have to go out to a fancy restaurant every day to have lunch. Bringing lunch from home and leaving the office to eat it can have tremendous benefits, giving you a change of scenery and a fresh mindset.
If your leadership allows it, work from a cafe or coffee shop for lunch. Unified communications like video and audio conferencing features make remote work feasible.
3. Sneak Exercise In While You Work
It’s tempting to take the elevator every time you reach the office, but you must resist the urge and make a habit of taking the stairs – unless of course, your desk is on the 19th floor of the building! Sure, you may get a bit tired on the way up, but this practice can do lots of good for your health in the long run.
You should also encourage colleagues to join in on a lap or two around the office. Not only will you you turn this activity into something more productive, but you will boost the team relationship, and in turn, morale.
4. Work from home, or anywhere else
If your office permits, you could always choose the option of working from home. Working remotely will give you the freedom to exercise and move around as you please without being restricted to the office desk. You can enjoy your morning coffee from the comfort of your home, and even wear your comfiest clothes (don’t worry, no one will know you’re in pajamas), making the most out of your productive hours by using unified communications services.
Unified communications has made it easier to manage applications and work on the move. Utilizing these services, you would be able to get a little bit more out of your productive day at work that benefits your health as well. So, don’t stay stuck at your desk!