Many of us experience the mid-day energy slump. And a lot of us experience an all day tired feeling! Either way, we could all use some tips on how to get and maintain our energy levels during the day, especially while at work. More energy at work leads to more productivity. A more productive you means a more successful you. So take a look at these tips from True North Desks on how to stay more energetic while at work.
Working at a standing desk is one of the best ways to maintain your energy levels throughout the day. Take a moment to think about how you feel when you sit all day versus when you are standing. Sitting all day just makes you feel tired. Standing increases your blood flow and gives you the drive and focus needed to complete tasks. Not to mention, you certainly won’t be feeling any food fatigue. Try to avoid heavy lunches, but even if you splurge one day, spending your afternoon standing will help you avoid the exhausted feeling we often get after big meals. An adjustable height desk allows you to stand for more energy but to sit when necessary.
Drinking enough water during the day can be really tough for some people. But being even mildly dehydrated can drain your energy. Buy a reusable water bottle to keep at your stand up desk at work. If water is less than appealing to you, add a squeeze of fresh lemon. Keep your water bottle full and try to remember to drink from it all day.
If you are drinking enough water during the day, you will probably be taking more bathroom breaks. These are great opportunities to get your body moving when you may be feeling fatigued.
Another way to take a walk is during a meeting. Of course, your traditional sit down meeting is not going to lend itself to increasing your energy. Set up meetings either at your standing workstation or conduct walking meetings. People tend to be more comfortable and collaborative at a standing meeting or walking meeting. Your group will feel more energized and focused after these meetings and ready to tackle any project.
When you are really feeling that slump coming on, grab your headphones and put on your favorite energizing playlist. Some work may require more classical music with no lyrics, but if you need a boost, listen to one or two of your favorite songs and move along to the music. Tapping your feet or drumming with your hands can get you revved up for the next task.
Sure, it would be best if you could sneak in your workouts before or after work, but our day doesn’t always allow for that. So am I suggesting that you workout at the office? Yep, you can workout at your standing desk! Simple and somewhat subtle exercises done during your workday will increase your energy. Plus, if you get in your workouts at work rather than during an early trip to the gym, then you can sleep later in the mornings. It’s a win-win!
True North Desks is the best resource for your standing desk options. Request a brochure to view all of our options and choose the best one for your career.