5 ways to burn calories at your desk

How Can I Burn Extra Calories While Sitting at My Desk at Work?

If, like us, you ate a bit too much chocolate over Easter (well, anytime really), here’s 5 ideas on how to burn extra calories at the comfort of your desk.

1. Tap it Out
Unless you have a private office, you won’t be able to perform a dance routine at work, but you can tap your feet. Start by tapping your toes 25 times as you keep your heel on the floor. Then, tap your foot side to side 25 times using your heel as a pivot point. You can do one foot at a time or alternate feet. This short exercise doesn’t burn a huge number of calories, but if you do it several times a day, the calorie burn will rack up. In addition to shedding a few calories, tapping your toes helps strengthen the muscles at the front of your shins.

2. Raise Your Calves
Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor. Then, raise your heels off the floor as far as possible. Lower your heels and repeat 10 to 15 times. To make this more challenging and burn a few more calories, press your hands against your knees to create resistance as you lift your heels. PS:if you’re wearing high heels, you should take them off before doing this exercise!

3. Move It
Getting up from your desk as often as possible is the best way to burn calories at work. Stand while on the phone, take the stairs to a restroom on a different floor or walk over to talk to a colleague instead of emailing or phoning. Stuck on a long conference call? Pretend to walk and burn a few calories. Sit up straight. While keeping your knees bent, lift your right leg up, lower it, lift your left leg up, lower it and then repeat as many times as you like. If you tighten your buttocks as you “walk,” you’ll burn more calories and tone your backside. After your walk, slowly extend each leg 10 times to work your quadriceps.

4. Stretch Your Body
Sitting at a desk all day can leave you cramped and sore. Stretching is a wonderful way to relieve this tension and burn a small number of calories. Sit up straight and then raise your arms over your head. Clasp your hands together and lean to the left until you feel a gentle stretch along your right side. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds and then stretch to the right. After these side stretches, keep your hands over your head. Imagine hollowing out your belly as you curve forward. Think of making a “C” shape with your body. Hold the position for 10 to 20 seconds and enjoy the stretch along your back as you say goodbye to a few more calories.

5. Maintain Your Posture
Slouching while seated at your desk requires little effort from your muscles. Sitting up straight with your shoulders back and your abs tight, however, works several muscles in your torso, back and shoulders. This extra effort will burn more calories and also keep your back healthy. As often as possible, suck in your abs and keep them tight for 60 seconds or more to tone your midsection. Ask your workplace for a height adjustable desk; they’re not as expensive as you may think, and contribute to better posture, more energy and focus

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5 top tips for planning the perfect office furniture makeover

Make your perfect Office Furniture Makeover with these easy tips:

Tip 1 What do you want to achieve?

Most businesses want a refurb to reflect change; that could be new management, new vision, new ways of working or to improve employee engagement and wellbeing.

What do you want to achieve? A more informal layout with breakout seating? Focus on wellbeing with height adjustable desks? Smooth & sleek lines to reflect your focus on the business? Or new colours? Get your thoughts out on paper and get buy in from any key stakeholders to make sure your vision is shared.

Then get practical. How many do you need to seat at any time. And what will they be doing; co-working, working independently, customer facing, on the phone lots? Your makeover needs to look great and be functional for all the users.

Don’t forget to allow for storage! Factor it in from the beginning so you get all the cabinets, drawers and shelves you need, coordinating with the rest of your furniture.

Tip 2 Be creative

Research has proven that getting interior design right has a positive impact on staff motivation and productivity. Getting the best out of your workforce means creating a multi-use space where people are comfortable and have everything they need to do their job. Be creative with your furniture choices to maximise what you have available and if you’re short of space then check out inventive, space-saving, mobile furniture options. Choose furniture that can be moved and adapted as and when necessary, for example turning meeting and conference rooms into to smaller breakout zones or presentation areas.

Tip 3 Reinforce your brand

Remember that first impressions count: make sure potential clients are welcomed in a way that fully reflects your business and the service it delivers. Interior design and furniture that reflects your brand will create consistency with company communications and also reinforce and cultivate business culture amongst staff.

Tip 4 The future

How might your business change in the future? Are you set to grow significantly and need to find space for new employees? Or is your business model set to shift, needing less desk space but more meeting facilities? Think about the long term to find a more sustainable furniture solution and avoid having to spend more making further changes sooner than expected.

Tip 5 Shop around

Don’t settle for anything sub-standard. Be sure to research commercial furniture options and look into a variety of suppliers to make sure you get exactly what you need for the money you have available.

Sounds time-consuming? It doesn’t have to be. At Huddle Furniture, we work with a wide range of commercial furniture manufacturers providing solutions to suit all needs and budgets. We work with our clients from initial concept through to final delivery and installation, and as an impartial supplier, we always recommend what’s right for you.  Get in touch today on 01844 299344 or hello@huddlefurniture.co.uk to find out more about how we can help.

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Why choosing the right furniture is important

Can your choice of office design really gain you competitive advantage?

Office design is so much more than just finding people places to sit. Here is three reasons why putting a bit of extra thought into your office furnishings can help drive your business forward and give you that all important edge.

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The importance of choosing the right office furniture that fits.

According to a recent survey, 46% of us sit at work for four to six hours a day and 25% sit for seven to eight hours a day (AXA PPP Healthcare, March 2017). That’s a lot of sitting. And it seems, we’re not all that good at doing it properly. In 2015, it was estimated that more than 23 million working days in the UK were lost, along with £billions in revenue, because of office-related illnesses with over half a million of these put down to musculoskeletal disorders. Although we can’t put all of these cases down to our seating arrangements, there’s a strong belief that improving our office workstations is key to keeping these problems at bay.

But with so much office furniture out there to choose from, how can you make sure you get what works best for your business?

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