Staying Fit 9 to 5 Many of us spend most of our time sitting. In fact, office workers spend an average of 1,700 hours a year sitting in front of a computer screen. This leads to what is known as the “sitting disease”. Sitting too much can lead to loss of bone mass, neck and shoulder pain, and also puts you at higher risk for things like high blood pressure, heart disease, and even stroke. Here are some quick tips on how you can get moving and staying fit all while working a 9-5 office job. 1. Take breaks to walk around. This can include a bathroom break, going to the water fountain, or take a call while going for a walk. Taking the time to get your blood flowing again helps prevent blood clots and bone loss. 2. Try a sit-stand desk. These are a great way to alternate between sitting and standing while still staying in your workspace and being productive. 3. Bathroom stretches. This one is my personal favorite. Use your bathroom breaks wisely! Do some stretches. Bend down and let your head and hands hang for about 10 seconds. Do some quick squats or jumping jacks. This will help activate those muscles again and increase blood flow. 4. Lunch break mini workouts! Another favorite is using your lunch break to do a quick workout! It does not have to be for the full duration of your break. We recommend Office Fit, Lunch Break Energizer or Healthy Back. All under 30 minutes! 5. Make your workspace fitness-friendly. We already mentioned a sit-stand desk but that’s not the only option when it comes to activating your muscles and decreasing the risk of disease. Try a fitness ball office chair instead to consistently improve posture, decrease lower back pain, and increase balance.