Work seems to have only gotten more taxing over the past few years, and people are busier than ever. Yet, even with our hectic schedules, we still want to have time to fit in healthful activities that improve our fitness, relieve stress, prevent chronic health problems and generally just make us feel better all around. Luckily, many of these activities can take place at your desk or while multi-tasking to get other things done! Find out how you can come home feeling happier and invigorated by giving one or all of the six office exercises a try.
Take a Stand Against Prolonged SittingThe easiest way we can introduce healthy activities in our day is to take a quick break. Every 1-2 hours, stand up from your desk and lift your arms above your head. Then, pivot from the hips by looking back behind you to the right and to the left. You can feel free to add on additional quick standing stretches to your routine. By taking quick breaks to shake out your body and briefly stretch, you can reduce the negative impacts of prolonged sitting, improve blood circulation and relieve stress.
Adopt Active MultitaskingThere are a few opportunities you can use to sneak in movement throughout your work day:
- Pace while on the phone
- Take a lap around your floor while trying to plan, strategize or jot down notes — the movement can even help you think more clearly
- Trade sitting one-on-one meetings for a walk-and-talk, West Wing style!
- Take a trip to co-workers’ desks to relay messages rather than using the phone or email
- Any time you take a break from typing to think, use the moment to perform light stretches