Man is an inherently social animal who was meant to be mobile and be active, not sit around and lead the lethargic lifestyle he does today. This serves as some serious bad news for those of us who get paid to do just that! Ah, yes. The 9 to 5 jobs calls for some heavy desk work. While daily exercising is even more crucial for such individuals, inventiveness is thy friend. Who ever said your home and the gym are not only place to get your workout on?
Health experts assert that any amount of exercise is good. The more exercise you manage to squeeze in the day, the better. It’s rather comical, but if you got to be sneaky about your workout, then so be it.
First Things First: The Perils of Extended Sitting James A. Levine from the Mayoclinic warns that sitting too much can increase the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol levels and increased body fat.
Take short trips to the bathroom. Try to crank out 15-20 squats every 3 hours. Squats work on your hips, thighs and butt and are an easy workout to squeeze in at the office.
This is a very challenging workout. It is also one of the most effective. While you’re reading or typing, keep your back straight, lift your knees above the chair, holding them for as long as you can. Do this about 10 times.
Keep your back straight and feet on the ground. Now slowly lift both your feet off the floor until your knees and legs are straight and aligned together. For a less strenuous workout, lift one leg at a time. Switch your leg after 15 repetitions.
With your legs straight on the ground, cross one on top of the other. In this position, raise your legs off the floor. Press your top leg down and oppose it with the strength of your bottom leg. Alternate legs and repeat. Do this for 10 repetitions each.
Taking care of your health isn’t always strenuous. Deep breathing improves blood circulation and promotes efficient oxygen transportation in the body. It is a central element in Yoga which calms the mind and promotes relaxation.
Walk Every Time You Can
Just Get Up and walk at every opportunity you get, without compromising your work, of course. Walking is an undervalue overall body exercise which targets nearly all muscle groups and is extremely easy to do at work. Try to take short walk breaks, take the longer route to the bathroom park your car a little further to get as much walking as you can.
Your elevator rides can lend themselves to the stairs. Stair climbing is an efficient cardiovascular workout which burns more calories per minute than jogging.
Be Mindful to:
- Make sure to drink 1.5 liters’ of water a day.
- Make it habit to wake up early and workout. Your metabolism will be more efficient and you will burn calories throughout the day
- Pre-prepare healthy lunches to take to work. Make sure to have fruits, vegetables, and whole grains daily.