To Work Better, Just Get Up From Your Desk
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Sleepwalking through your job? Often hit by the 2 p.m. slump? A new study suggests a quick fix for those daily lags in energy. And no, it’s not a cup of coffee.
Interspersing short movements and exercises throughout the workday can boost employee energy, engagement and efficiency, says sports scientist Jack Groppel. Whether it’s stretching periodically in your cubicle or walking to a coworker’s desk rather than sending that intra-office email, small actions can go a long way toward improving both individual and company performance…
Both Sullivan and Groppel note that introducing movement to workplace culture is easier when office leaders are on board with the initiative. Periodic movements should not be considered “breaks,” Groppel adds, since the activity seems to enhance employee productivity and concentration.
Here are some tips on how to incorporate movement into your workday:
Take the stairs
Hold “walking meetings,” taking notes on the go if needed
Sit on an exercise ball at your desk
Talk to colleagues in person rather than sending intra-office emails
Walk to a farther bathroom
Stand up periodically
Try small stretches or exercises like knee extensions