Back when we as humans used to have to hunt and chase down our food, getting enough exercise wasn’t an issue. However for many of us in the modern day, bringing home the bacon means being sat at a desk for long hours which isn’t the best for health. Back, neck and joint issues can arise from being seated, and because we’re not up and around burning calories, it inevitably leads to weight gain too.
When you have to spend eight hours plus every day sat at your desk; it can leave you feeling like there’s not much you can do about getting more exercise. Unless you’re motivated enough to hit the gym every night after a long day’s work, which let’s face it most of us aren’t. However, there are things you can do which can help, and make all the difference. Sedentary jobs are linked to obesity which can cause everything from diabetes to stroke to heart attacks- so anything that can help prevent this is no bad thing. Here are some of the exercises you can do from your office.
Use Office Exercise Equipment
You could invest in a treadmill for under your desk or a seated stepper machine which will allow you to workout… as you work! These kinds of exercises help to avoid DVT; a dangerous clotting issue that can be made worse from sitting for long periods. You, of course, won’t be going for the burn and getting completely breathless while you’re working, but just being up and moving as opposed to sat still can tone muscles and burn calories. There are also many desk and office stretches and exercises you can do. If you’re feeling a little sleepy and sluggish during the day; these can help to perk you back up again rather than reaching for the coffee.
Take The Stairs
When you arrive at the office in the morning, rather than pressing the button for the elevator- take the stairs. Even better if you have to go up multiple flights! It might seem like a struggle at first; especially if you’re fairly unfit but as the weeks and months progress you will feel yourself getting stronger, and they’re less of an issue. Stairs are good because you’re working against gravity; they tone your legs and glutes and get your cardiovascular system working.
Go For a Walk At Lunchtime
Instead of popping into the canteen or having a working lunch at your desk, take a short walk. It could just be to a local shop, or if you have a park nearby; you could walk there at eat your lunch sat on a bench. Ten minutes of exercise is certainly better than nothing at all; plus you get to take in some fresh air and get a break from your surroundings. Chances are you’ll come back feeling much more motivated and productive.
What’re Your Thoughts
Do you work a sedentary job? What do you do to protect against issues caused by being seated most of the day?
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.