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Deciding to make a change in your life isn’t always easy. It can hard to enough to switch from coffee to tea or some other relatively small change. A larger lifestyle change can seem daunting.

Many people who want to be healthier or more active are afraid to make the switch. Often because they don’t think of themselves as someone who goes to the gym or exercises. Or they think that they’ve already put on too much weight or been inactive for too long. We know that quick fix diets don’t work but we also can feel unprepared for bigger change.

At Rebel Desk, we’ve talked with folks who have been in this position. Usually all they need to hear though is that taking small steps is okay. You don’t have to start running 5 miles everyday if you want to start living healthier. A little movement and a little motivation can go a long way. Starting out slowly can end up pushing someone leaps and bounds in their health and happiness.

One of the easiest ways to start a lifestyle change is by adding activity to your workday. It’s easy to sit down in your moderately comfortable office chair and get lost in a flurry of e-mails until your stomach reminds you it’s time for lunch. Taking a break for lunch, then back in your chair for another 5 hours can result in a multitude of health issues. Poor circulation due to sitting for hours on end can lead to heart disease, joint pain, and even sending “sad signals” to your brain.

How can sitting do such harm to your body? One study found that sitting can cause blood to pool in the legs and prevent it from effectively flowing to the heart — a precursor to cardiovascular problems. After just one hour of sitting, normal blood flow can become impaired by as much as 50 percent. How can we make sure that we keep our heart healthy, even during our busy work day?

Start small and add 5 minutes of walking to every hour of standing to increase blood flow to your body. Five minutes is just a short amount of time to stretch, and give your mind a quick break. You can even download an app that reminds you to stand up and take a break.

If you want to take your work routine up a notch, try a standing desk option. Our customers reported that their Rebel Desk helps them stay alert, more motivated, and happier than when they sat for 8+ hours a day. Taking a stand for your health starts with one easy step. The first step is always the hardest, but the rewards also can be the greatest!

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