Need an Excuse to Get Outside at Work? Here are Five!


Do you ever get stir-crazy from being indoors for too long? Well, don’t blame yourself, because we spend much longer inside than we could ever imagine. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends 93% of their life indoors. While that statistic accounts for 6% of a person’s life being spent in the car, it’s still a shocking statistic that leaves only 7% of time spent outdoors.

All that time indoors takes its toll. According to Snow Brains, we get colds and flus more often in the winter because we are inside more often and exposed to more higher concentrations of airborne pollutants including cold and flu viruses. And that’s just one con. Focusing for long periods of time on a computer screen, or even just sitting in one space for too long, can cause headaches, stress, and anxiety. All the more reason to get up from your desk and get outside!

Here are five excuses to get outside today while you’re at work.

1. Practice a quick yoga session.

Even a brief sun salutation is a great way to get some exercise in during the work day! On your lunch break, get outside and rock a few poses. Some suggestions? Try tree, triangle, lunge, or lotus!


2. Take a walk, even if it’s just down the road.

Not all of us have greenery outside our office, but there’s always somewhere to walk to. Get your blood pumping by taking a vigorous 10-minute walk. Explore what’s around you! If you’d prefer not to break a sweat, take a slow jaunt, stop, and smell the flowers!


3. Get some sun.

Everyone likes a tan, right? If you want to step outside on a nice day, tell your co-workers you’re going outside to soak up the sun for a few minutes. This is also a great excuse for a quick meditation or to sit with yourself for a quiet moment.


4. Run an errand or two.

Get your errands done before you even need the office! Run to an outdoor farmer’s market to grab some veggies for supper, take a walk to the local ATM, or visit an outdoor shopping center. Even the short walk outside gets you away from your desk to reset!


5. Hang out one-on-one with a co-worker.

If you’re looking to make friends at the office, invite a co-worker to do any of the above activities with you. It’s much easier to start a new habit when you have a support system, and chances are you’ll get to know people much better outside of your typical 9-5, even if it’s just for a moment.


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