How Stay Active At a Sedentary Job

Writing is one of the best jobs in the world. My work travels with me, creativity abounds, and I’m never bored. There is just one major drawback. I have to sit still to write. Or do I?

My husband has a job sitting at a desk, staring at two computer screens all day long. We understand that work has to be done, but we’d like to get up and move around a little too.

I’ve collected a few ideas to get you moving. Disclosure: This post does contain affiliate links.

Exercise Bike

Have you seen the new bike that has a small desk attached? You can peddle away while working on your latest project. Keep the blood pumping and the work going.

Set a Timer

We all get in a groove or lose track of time. Set a timer and take a walk for five to ten minutes. It will help your productivity, and it’s good for your heart.

Desk Yoga

You know I’m a yogi. Even if you aren’t, there are stretches you can do while at your desk to keep you from hunching over or having bad posture. Circulation is key when you have a desk bound job. Check out these videos by Adriene. She has a vast library of yoga videos for every level. There is even a video for couch potatoes. Got to love it!

Accept a Challenge

Do you have a watch or a pedometer? FitBit has challenges you can participate in with friends. There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to get you up and on your feet. Set goals and challenge other sitting colleagues.

Set Up Some Equipment

The elliptical has downsized. Park this miniature version under your desk for small workouts.  You might not want to use it while people are in your office. They may think you need to go to the bathroom. Other than that, work those legs!

How do you stay active while working a desk job? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments. 

Happy Exercising,


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