Staying Active at Your Desk

All of us should probably get more exercise each day, but how do we work it into our busy lives? There are ways to exercise without leaving your office. You won’t break much of a sweat, but you can strengthen and tone.

Stop Sitting So Much

Most of us drive to work and if we don’t we probably sit on a train or bus. Then we get to work and we sit. That adds up. Once you factor in commute time, many of us sit more than we sleep each day. If you’re on a phone call, stand up. Stretch a bit. The other person can’t see you and you can talk while standing. Even better, you probably can walk and listen at the same time. If you need to be on a long conference call, go outside and take a walk while on the call. You could even walk the halls of your office. Instead of picking up the phone and calling or sending an email to a coworker, get up and go to their office. About every hour, you should get up out of your chair and move a bit. Set a calendar reminder so you don’t forget. Start having walking meetings instead of sitting in conference rooms. Everyone involved gets some exercise and since moving around improves brain function, you might even have some great ideas. If you still need to use the conference rooms, stand up instead of sitting. Standing burns more calories than sitting and is good for your posture.

Exercise While Waiting

Our work days are filled with little built-in breaks. While making copies, grab two reams of paper, one in each hand, and shrug your shoulders up and down. Do calf raises while heating up your lunch in the microwave. While waiting outside the conference room for a meeting, do a wall sit where you put your back against the wall, bend your knees and slide down the wall until your thighs are parallel to the floor. You get the idea. Do something while waiting.

Desk Exercises

There are many exercises you can do while still working. Here are just three suggestions. - Lift one leg at a time a few inches off the ground. Tighten your leg muscles and hold for a few seconds. Repeat a few times and then switch legs. This works your quadriceps and can increase circulation. - While sitting, tighten your glutes for five to 10 seconds. Repeat several times a few times each day. - Sit up straight in the chair. Stretch both arms over your head and reach up. Hold for about ten seconds and then reach one hand higher than the other and alternate. Many offices are putting in gyms and exercise rooms to help employees get more active throughout the day. If you want some help making the most of your office space, the professionals at Beaux-Arts group have the experience creating great spaces. Contact them today.