Today one may find themselves bogged down under endless “to-do” lists at work and feeling as though they can’t come up for air. With the increasing number of heart disease cases in America and other health related issues today, it is important that we keep our bodies healthy. However, this entails work on our part. No time for working out? You can’t go for a 30 minute walk after work or on the weekends? How about some simple exercises right at your own desk at work? It may sound impossible and you may worry about people seeing you, but moving our bodies around during the day, leads to a healthier you.
An article in WebMD quoted Joan Price, author of The Anytime, Anywhere Exercise Book, to say “We are made to move, not sit at a desk 12 hours a day. As ergonomic as your desk or chair may be, sitting produces back pains, headaches, and listlessness. You become less productive.”
With this in mind, we may wonder what we could possibly do at work that would actually be considered productive exercise. This is the first in the series of two articles on this topic. This week covers aerobics at work as well as some low impact exercises and next week will cover stretching at work and other helpful tips.
Following is information from WebMD, by Jean Lawrence, that will help give you some ideas of how you can get up and move while at work.
Reach for the Sky
Stretching exercises are a natural for the desk-bound, to ease stress and keep your muscles from clenching up. Here are a few suggestions:
- Sitting tall in your chair, stretch both arms over your head and reach for the sky. After 10 seconds, extend the right hand higher, then the left.
- Let your head loll over so that your right ear nearly touches your right shoulder. Using your hand, press your head a little lower (gently, now). Hold for 10 seconds. Relax, and then repeat on the other side.
- Try this yoga posture to relieve tension: Sit facing forward, then turn your head to the left and your torso to the right, and hold a few seconds. Repeat 15 times, alternating sides.
- Sitting up straight, try to touch your shoulder blades together. Hold, and then relax.
- You get to put your feet up for this one! To ease the hamstrings and lower back, push your chair away from your desk and put your right heel up on the desk. Sit up straight, and bend forward just until you feel a gentle stretch in the back of your leg. Flex your foot for a few seconds, and then point it. Bend forward a little farther, flex your foot again, and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat on the other side. (continue reading…)