By now you know that work flexibility has numerous benefits. From being able to have better work-life balance to the financial savings associated with working remotely, having a flexible job is good for you in so many ways.
Now here’s one more positive to add to the mix: flexible working can improve your health. Varier Furniture, a Norwegian-based company, recently created a video called “Office Posture Matters: An Animated Guide,” which was designed to raise awareness about the dangers of sitting too long. According to the video, people with sitting jobs have twice the rate of cardiovascular disease as people with standing jobs, and are 54% more likely to die of a heart attack.
Here are a few ways in which you can take advantage of work flexibility to help counteract those dangers.
Move around. If you’re working from home, there’s no one watching what you’re doing so you don’t have to follow social convention. Stand up and walk around when you’re taking calls. Rock back and forth in your chair (according to the video, recent research shows that a rocking motion can not only help you concentrate, but it can also strengthen your core and burn calories, too). Do lunges, shoulder shrugs, or even calf raises while you’re thinking up your Next Big Idea. All of these exercises can help you loosen your joints, release tension, and stretch your muscles.
Break up your day with activities. According to the video, even a full hour of daily sports can’t make up for 11 hours of straight sitting. That means that all those office-workers heading to the gym at the end of a long sedentary day aren’t getting the real benefits of that exercise. But on a flexible schedule, it’s okay to take breaks throughout the day because all that matters is getting the work done, not when you do it. So make time to get up every few hours and walk the dog, run an errand, or even literally go for a run.
Sit properly. If you’re working from home, you’re more than likely in charge of your office set-up. Make the most of being the boss and get yourself ergonomic equipment to keep you healthier. Consider an “active sitting” chair that encourages movement, or even a standing desk. Experiment!
Shirk the sedentary lifestyle with flexible working. By taking advantage of your freedom and flexibility—such as by moving around while working, taking active breaks throughout the day, and using an ergonomically friendly chair —you can boost your energy levels and stay fit. One more feather in its cap for work flexibility.
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