Stop trading your health for a paycheck. Get active at work!
Our bodies are evolved for physical activity. Unfortunately, modern life has forced us to adopt an unnatural lifestyle of extreme inactivity.
When sitting for too long, our internal systems that keep us alive slow down to the point where we burn just 1 calorie per minute. Our body starts to meltdown. Our arteries contract, and oxygen and blood flow is thus reduced. This leads to a dramatic drop in brain and muscle function.
So we become fatigued from sitting too long. We don’t just feel tired to exercise, however. We feel tired to do other meaningful activities after work, like play with our children, engage in a hobby, or read a book. Since our body’s adrenaline systems are on sleep mode after sitting for so long, you now lack the oomph to do anything.
Just watch this video from ASAP Science and see how bad sitting all day really is:
Regular exercise doesn’t negate the damage caused by prolonged sitting
If you’re like most people, you sit about 9 hours per day. You sit while driving to work, while you work, and while you commute back home. And what do most of us do when we get home? Take a seat to eat and relax.
This is why regular exercise doesn’t negate the damage caused by sitting for so long. Our sitting habit is a relentless attack on the body. It’s like using a bucket to throw water out of a sinking ship—an exercise session after a long day of being sedentary just isn’t enough.
The solution is simple: We need to change our sitting habits. We need to stand and move frequently during the day. We need to activate our muscles and enhance our oxygen and blood flow often throughout the day to keep it from settling down too much.
The problem is that we’re so engaged with work that the day passes us by. You sit in your comfortable office chair while you check off item after item on your to-do list while the sun makes its way from one side of the sky to the other. Then it’s time to head back home and you didn’t even realize that you’ve been squashed on your seat the entire day.
A new kind of Pomodoro timer. A new way to work.
It’s time to redesign what it means to work. The traditional workday is imposing a heavy cost on your health. We need a new way to work that takes your health into consideration. What good is a paycheck if you’re too fatigued and stressed to enjoy it?
Since 2017 we’ve designed over 1,000 exercises you do wherever life takes you in as little as 30 seconds. Whether you’re at work, in a plane or on the couch, we designed an exercise that can be squeezed in whenever you get a little downtime.
Taking everything we’ve learned, we designed hundreds of fun exercises you can do right at your desk in 30-second intervals. We combined our fun exercises with a focus timer inspired by the Pomodoro Method and time-blocking technique. The result is a new work methodology—nay, a lifestyle!—of staying active while you work.
Active Workday — the focus timer that keeps you active
It’s not about breaking a sweat at work, it’s about moving a little, often. It’s about keeping your body energized and awake. It’s about improving blood flow and sending delicious oxygen to your brain to keep you creative and productive.
…it’s about fighting the devastating effects of workplace sedentarism.
The idea is simple:
During focus sessions, work on a single task. We recommend focus sessions of 30 minutes, but the idea is that you find what works for you (we strongly advise against focus sessions longer than 90 minutes). After each focus session, do a little exercise, then another focus session.
Active Workday makes it easy by notifying you when each focus timer is over. Then the timer ends, you’ll be given a random exercise from a selection of over 400 fun desk exercises we call “Wakeouts” (workouts to wake up). It takes 30 seconds to do one but through your workday, you’ll end up doing a dozen or so of these:
The Active Day focus timer comes with a wide variety of desk exercises. Some you don’t have to get out of your chair for. Others are designed to keep your busy hands healthy with exercises that help prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Others help destroy stress and get your blood pumping by making you get up and move, either with yoga movements or intense jumps and squats.
The benefits of using a focus timer with active breaks:
- Short focus sessions force you to break down tasks into manageable chunks.
- Focused work keeps stress at bay by letting your mind tackle one problem at a time.
- Focused work sessions are more productive because they eliminate distractions.
- Frequent breaks prevent burnout and reduce stress by letting your mind rest and recoup.
- Staying active makes you more productive by enhancing blood flow and breathing, sending vital oxygen to your brain. A more oxygenated brain functions better.
- Physical activity is a powerful stress reducer.
- Staying active keeps your body awake and energized, preventing sitting-related fatigue. This means you generally feel more energized.
Not convinced yet about working with a focus timer?
We’ve helped thousands have a healthier workday. Our focus timer combines fun, short exercises you do right at your desk with a proven time management technique that makes you more productive. By sprinkling physical activity into your workday, you’re staying healthy and increasing your productivity at the same time.
Download Wakeout for free and give it a try. We think you’ll love it: