How can we break sedentary behaviour at work?
Many of us working at an office spend most of the day sitting. A sedentary lifestyle is associated with a number of diseases, muscle tension and pain, and even premature death. Physical exercise, on the other hand, can help reduce stress levels and increase the function of the brain.
How can we create a work environment that encourages movement, and increase productivity and creativity?
Openlab will try our favourite ideas out at our co-working space. Feel free to try it out too!Full beskrivning
On average an adult spend 7-8 hours sitting down each day. Our bodies are not made for spending so much time sitting and staying still. A sedentary lifestyle is associated with a number of negative health effects and diseases, and is even said to be one of the leading causes of preventable death world wide. How we sit also affect our health, as many suffer from pain in the back, neck and shoulders due to their posture when spending much time at the computer.
Sedentary behaviur is not to be confused with a lack of exercise. Long periods of sitting still is negative for the health regardless of regular hard exercise.
In other words, we need to sit less and move more in our daily lives. However, working at an office usually means sitting in front of a desk for hours on end. With height adjustable desks get some of us up on our feet for a while. But it is so easy to start leaning on the desk, or get tired and sit back down.
We are convinced that there are tons of creative and innovative ways to reduce the time we spend in our office chairs, or how we sit.
How can we make it convenient, efficient and fun to break the sedentary behaviours at work? How can we become aware of our habits and incorporate new healthier ones? How can we benefit from the stress reducing endorphins and increased brain capacity that more intense exercise brings, while working?
Share your ideas! We welcome anything from simple advice to advance technical solutions.
What happens with the ideas?
We are excited to try some of the ideas out at our co-working space. We hope many of your also find inspiration to bring to your workplaces.
If you test any of the ideas, please let us know! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.