Why sit when you can stand?—Improvements for a Healthy Workstyle


Kimberly Leskovec

Have you ever thought of yourself as a workaholic?

As a non-profit worker, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the amount of work you have to do and leaving your desk is not even an option. You find that your eyes are glued to your computer screen as you finish reading one last e-mail or updating one last Facebook post before heading home.

However, it is important that you first start with your health in order for all these goals and assignments to get completed. As Beth’s Blog post explains, we work in a “culture of sitting”. Many people think sitting is good for you; however, it can be very harmful if done for long periods of time. Making sure you are healthy enough to do your work and continue your success is a high priority in any work field.

Want to improve your health at the workplace?

Start simple this week:

  • Bring a water bottle to work. Refills and restroom breaks will break up sitting time.
  • Try standing during phone calls.
  • Take the stairs.
  • Get up and talk to colleagues in person.
  • Get some fresh air. A walk outside can also boost a person’s creativity.

These simple steps will benefit not only your work ethic and relationships with your colleagues but your overall physical health as well!

About the blogger: Kimberly Leskovec is a junior studying Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. She is also pursuing a Certificate in Fundraising and Philanthropy and a minor in Human Relations. She is interested in improving her knowledge of fundraising as well as learning the necessary skills to be effective in the non-profit world. In her free time, she enjoys running, spending time with friends and family, watching movies, and hiking.


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