Move it or lose it. We've all heard the phrase before. There's no doubt that a lack of physical movement throughout the day is terrible for our bodies, but how does it affect our mental health? In a Post-Covid world, where our commute and work routine may only be a walk from the bedroom to the living room, how can we help ourselves stay fresh, fit and focused throughout the workday? Movement is key.
By now, we've all heard the phrase "Sitting is the new smoking." It's been proven that sitting too much and being sedentary for large portions of the day can negatively affect our physiological wellbeing. The impacts are shocking. Those who sit the most throughout the day have a 112% increased risk of diabetes and a 147% increased risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke!
Beyond the physical effects of sedentary vs moving throughout the day, the mental impacts can be profound. "Recent studies show that the connection between your brain and your body is a "two-way street" and that means movement can change your brain, too." Essentially, the more you move throughout the day, the better chance you will have to reduce stress, depression, anxiety and improve your overall wellbeing.
Additionally, scientists have proven that "body motion affects higher-order thought and complex problem-solving." You'll actually be better at your complex work tasks by simply adding some additional movement throughout your workday.
Suppose you want to be your best self both physically and mentally on the days you are working from home. In that case, incorporating some movement and various postures throughout the day is highly recommended. One easy way to do that is to select a Sit/Stand desk for your personal workspace. If we're limited in where we can work, it's best to optimize that space for peak productivity and ergonomics.
In summary, making sure that we consider our physical and mental wellbeing is absolutely critical when setting up our personal work from home space. It is not enough to limit distractions and have the right technology. Our physical and mental wellbeing should be the #1 thing we consider. Changing from sitting to standing position throughout the day while focusing on spreadsheets or on video call is one of the easiest yet effective things we can do for our overall wellbeing.