A lot of people talk about tips for staying active at work, due in part to numerous studies highlighting the time workers spend sitting. If you haven’t seen the research, this infographic from Ergotron does a great job illustrating the point. But what about once you get home?
Keeping an active lifestyle at home is likely going to be easier than at the office. The beauty of being “off the clock” is that you aren’t tethered to the computer anymore, so you’re probably already more active than you realize. There are many ordinary daily activities that require movement, like cooking, doing laundry, and giving the kids baths.
The trick is to temper the activities that are traditionally done sitting down, like eating dinner and watching TV. So here are a few tips to do just that:
1. Consider having family meals around a counter or bar-height table where standing is allowed. Not only is it easier to move from kitchen to table, you might actually find that dinner conversations become more lively and engaging.
2. Mount your TV on a product that offers height-adjustability so you can actually see it better from a standing position, making it less automatic to sit down. If it seems far fetched to simply stand while you watch TV, consider ironing clothes or walking on a treadmill at the same time. Or consider a few of these tips from a previous blog about improving screen time.
3. If you do need to use the computer at home for working or paying bills, do so at a standing workstation. OmniMount is coming out with the perfect workspace solution just a few short months from now.
Remember that the tips and tricks you use at the office to stay active can also be used at home. Stand while on the phone, take a family walk around the block while discussing the day, or make a game out of interrupting long periods of sitting with fun isometrics or situps.
The most important thing is to find a solution that you enjoy. The more you enjoy it, the faster it’ll become routine.