21-year-old Code for Cape Town alumni, Mandisa Dlubom joined Responsive Tech as an intern earlier this year and we’re so grateful that she did. We asked her a few questions and her answers reveal why she has been such a good fit and how having her with us has been more than mutually beneficial. What a woman!
“My dream job will NOT include sitting behind a desk from 9-5 staring into a screen.”
I have made the above statement so many times in my life, I’ve lost count.
Today, I do that. I sit behind a desk, staring at a screen for 8 hours at a time. Ironically,
I am doing a job I have dreamed of, for a company I love for so many reasons.
My first week of working at Responsive was a shock to the system both physically and psychologically.
My previous jobs (they were all only part-time) always required a lot of physical activity whether I was teaching aerobics classes at the gym or drama and dance to toddlers.
The difference between the nature of my previous jobs and my newest one was vast. I wondered, “Would I last in this setting?” Was there a way of staying physically active and productive at the same time?
After two weeks of trying to adjust to ‘my new way of life’, a colleague of mine shared some astonishing Youtube videos with me about the negative effects of sitting for too long.
Here’s what I learnt:
Scary stuff! I know. This is because we are not made to live life bound to a desk.
But wait! Don’t quit your office job yet. There is a solution!
Here are some ways you can counteract the health risks of inactivity:
- Use a standing desk.
- Drink more water. It’s healthy and you’ll need to have a bathroom break more often.
- Go talk to someone in your office instead of emailing or sending them a Slack message (pun intended).
- If you need something across the room stand up and get it.
- Sit on an exercise ball to help you use more muscles while working.
- Stand up during phone calls or while you are texting.
- Use your phone to track your steps.
It’s not about doing a large chunk of exercise at one time but breaking your sitting up and moving regularly.
At Responsive, we coined the phrase, #MinuteOfMotion as our solution to the problem. All it takes is a minute of stretching, exercising or dancing every few hours. To make it fun, we play a pumping song and notify our colleagues beforehand about the time and activity.
The results are remarkable:
- We have fun.
- We counteract the dangers of inactivity.
- We build relationships and camaraderie.
- We create a health-conscious culture at work.
- We boost personal productivity because of the release of tension.
Minute of Motion has changed my idea of a dream job. If you would like to implement #MinuteOfMotion at your work or in your life, follow the #MinuteOfMotion series on our blog and let us know your thoughts.