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Over 70% of the American workforce does a predominant amount of their work while sitting. Even in the entrepreneurial age, being seated for long periods of time while working is the norm.

Many individuals find that they sit all day long and they hate it. Are you one of those people? Do you struggle to remain as active and healthy as you can, despite the fact that you have felt practically chained to your workspace during the day?

Finding a balance that improves integral aspects of your health and physical fitness is of enormous importance. Especially when you may find that the lack of physical activity, over the course of months or years, can start to lead to unsavory changes in weight and overall health.

5 precise ways to be purposefully less sedentary at work:

1. Walking meetings.

You may get strange looks the first time you suggest this. Some colleagues may bristle at the idea because the suggestion may seem to transition into a more casual interaction than they’re used to.

While some meetings need the aid of a projector, notes, and pens, walking meetings are perfect for 2-3 people who can have an open discussion. Or for a brainstorming session without the necessary structure or hindrance that may occur in traditional meetings.

These won’t always be possible logistically. But continue to suggest, at least once a week, a couple of team members have meetings away from the typical conference room model.

2. Drink More Water.

This is a bit of a trick that works in two different ways. Everyone needs a specific amount of water per day and maintaining hydration levels are imperative to overall health.

When you drink more water, you aren’t only ensuring your body is getting necessary hydration. You’re also boosting your level of activity by increasing trips to the bathroom and breaks taken to refill your water.

While drinking your daily dose of water out of a big bottle or jug may seem more convenient, don’t go too big as it cuts down on trips to the break room or kitchen.

3. Standing desk.

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The standing desk can seem so foreign and outside of the functional norm for some. Even if you can’t refashion your workstation to facilitate a standing desk, try standing when you’re talking on the phone.

It’s also an option to install a midlevel counter, which can easily double as a place that allows you to work while standing. When you are sitting, it’s essential to maintain proper posture and support your spine.

Back support for office chair is critical. There are numerous options to choose from which will protect your neck and back from the stress they naturally absorb.

4. Eat Elsewhere.

It’s hard to take your meals away from your desk; we get it. Especially when there is just so much to get done, and maybe you’re even working extra hours to make it all fit.

Even if you cut your meal short, getting up and walking to another location to eat is recommended.

This doesn’t just improve your physical state but your mental, cognitive awareness as well. Taking a moment to let your brain and body rest from the constant workflow is essential. Without doing that you minimize optimal cognitive functioning.

Also, practice mindful eating when you put your lunch (or dinner) into your mouth. It’s a way to slow down your brain and make better, less stressed food decisions at the job.

5. Take the stairs.

This is a classic tip that has been around for quite some time. Taking the stairs may seem cumbersome or exasperating, but it doesn’t take up that much time. And it does wonders for the heart rate and your overall metabolism.

It may seem like a cliche suggestion because it’s so often mentioned, but it’s suggested so much for precise reasons. It’s fast, effective, and feasible.

Stairs are everywhere – even if you work on the first floor of your office building. Don’t pass up the opportunity when you’re at the park, the airport or the mall to opt for the stairs.

Sitting at your desk for 8-10 hour shifts may be something mostly unavoidable. However, there are effective ways to incorporate tricks and hacks to increase how often you move.

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How Co-Working Spaces Can Be a Great Benefit for Entrepreneurs 4

How Co-Working Spaces Can Be a Great Benefit for Entrepreneurs

It seems like co-working spaces are becoming a huge thing. More and more entrepreneurs out there decide to ditch their traditional office and take their business to a co-working space.

And if you’re running your own business, chances are you’re already aware of some of the benefits co-working spaces bring. However, here, you’ll find a few more reasons why joining a co-working space makes a lot of sense.

12 Benefits of Co-Working Spaces

1. Low startup cost

If you’re just starting out, you’re probably looking for premises that won’t drain your budget. By moving to a co-working space, you’ll eliminate the costs of fire insurance, office equipment and various similar expenses.

Not only that this will help you save money, but less time and energy will be needed for sourcing things like this.

2. Increased flexibility

Another great reason to opt for a co-working space is increased flexibility.

This means that the more your business keeps growing, the easier it will be for you to expand your office space. Most of the experts who are running co-working spaces will allow you to tailor your contract according to how well you’re doing.

3. Less risk

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When moving into a traditional office, there’s always a chance you’ll lose the money you’ve invested in it if your business fails. And selling all the office equipment and furniture isn’t always going to be easy. But if you take your business to a co-working space, you won’t have to worry about risks like this.

4. Short setup time

One of the biggest problems small businesses face when moving into a traditional office is the long setup time.

For small businesses, time is an important asset and the last thing you want is to lose money while moving. Luckily, with co-working spaces, not too much time is needed in order to get everything in the right place.

5. Fast internet

Modern-day businesses in just any industry need internet and they need it to be fast. This is probably the case with your business as well and fast internet is another reason to join a co-working space. And even if there’s something wrong with the connection, you won’t be the one having to deal with the issue.

6. Collaborative atmosphere

Some people would have you believe that having people from other companies around your team makes them less productive. But the truth is, it’s easier to perform when you know there are other teams doing the same right next to you.

Another important thing to mention is that too much familiarity traditional offices offer makes your employees less productive.

7. More opportunities for networking

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When running your own small business, you’ll have to put some extra effort into meeting as many businesspeople as possible. The more of them you meet, the better. If you decide to move into a co-working space, you’ll have all the networking opportunities you need.

8. Easier to get

Let’s face it, finding a perfect traditional office for your business is difficult. What’s even more difficult is actually obtaining that office.

With co-working spaces, you won’t have to worry about things like this. This is the case because there are plenty of these out there you’ll be able to choose from.

9. More flexible access

Most co-working spaces out there are run by its landlord and the building management. What this means is that your employees will be able to work whenever necessary, since the office will be open even during Sundays and public holidays.

Also, when working on a big project, your employees will be able to access the office 24/7.

10. Better design

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Another issue many entrepreneurs face is designing their office. Not only that this can take money, but it also requires a lot of effort.

However, with most co-working spaces out there, what you’re going to get is a beautiful office you can move into. This means your new office might be equipped with things like a green wall and comfy furniture.

11. Premium brand imagery

In the business world, it’s very important that you give your brand a boost by using premium facilities. In fact, this is something that’ll help your business obtain more loyal brand followers. When working in a co-working space, you’ll be provided with all the nice-looking facilities your brand needs.

12. Happy hours

No matter how many employees you have, they’ll want to be surrounded by people they consider friends. If you join a co-working space, there will be plenty of opportunities for your employees to hang out with other people from the building. This translates to more drinks after work and more motivated employees.

Co-working spaces really are the way to have it all without having to break the bank. So, no matter if you’re moving from your garage or a traditional office, you’ll definitely want to think about joining one of these. Luckily, more and more co-working spaces are popping up all over the world.


This is a guest post by Derek Lotts.

It seems like co-working spaces are becoming a huge thing. More and more entrepreneurs out there decide to ditch their traditional office and take their business to a co-working space.  And if you’re running your own business, chances are you’re already aware of some of the benefits co-working spaces bring. However, here, you’ll find a few more reasons why joining a co-working space makes a lot of sense.