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.
The article asks the question: can you actually go beyond working out the kinks and get some meaningful exercise in your cubicle?
Kelli Calabrese, MS, an exercise physiologist and spokesman for the American Council on Exercise, says yes. Calebrese believes in 60-second or 10-minute bursts of aerobic exertion. “This is cardio– if you get in your [target] heart rate zone,” she says. (continue reading…)