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Short on Time? 5 Ways to Exercise At Work

Short on Time? 5 Ways to Exercise At Work

Friday, October 12th, 2012

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Short On Time? 5 Ways to Exercise at Work  

 In today’s world, there are endless activities to get to. As a parent, it probably seems like you’re going straight from work, home to make dinner, to soccer practice and music practice and everything else your children are involved in. If that’s the case in your life, that sure doesn’t leave much time for exercise!

The good news is, there are many exercises you can do from the comfort of your own desk – and while they’re very powerful in helping you get in shape, they’re discreet enough that others walking past your desk may not even know you’re doing them. We’ve also included a few things that are simply just good to do on a daily basis – like opting for stairs instead of the elevator. Here are some of our favorites ways to get in shape while at work:

 Take a walk – Studies have shown that getting up from your desk and taking a short walk is not only good exercise, but it’s also a great way to step away, relax your mind – and in some cases, even give you increased energy. Next time you’re feeling sleepy, head outside for a short 5-10 minute walk and you’ll return to your desk feeling refreshed.

 Take the stairs – That elevator can be tempting, especially if your hands are filled with folders, paperwork, and that ever-important coffee. Next time you have a choice, choose the stairs instead. Taking these even twice a day will give you a good cardio workout and help strengthen your legs.

 Leg planks – Here’s another one to help strengthen your legs: Sit with your feet planted on the floor, knees bent. Slowly extend one leg straight ahead of you and hold for 10 seconds. You’ll start to feel a stretch in your upper thigh. Release, switch legs and repeat the routine four more times for each leg.

 Core strengthening – While seated, place your palms on the base of your chair and scoot to the top of your chair so your feet are resting comfortably on the floor. Make sure your whole foot is touching the ground – not just your tiptoes. Sit up straight and move your hands onto the armrest, then lift yourself up so your arms are extended and your bottom is off the chair. Hold for five seconds, release, and repeat as many times as you can. This exercise helps strengthen both your arms and core.

 Hamstring stretch – Push your chair away from the desk and put your right heel on the edge of the desk. Bend forward until you feel a stretch in the back of your leg, flex your foot, and hold the pose for 10 seconds. This will help ease the tension in your back and hamstrings.

 You see, folks? Exercising at your desk isn’t too tough – and it can be a great way to get in shape if you don’t have a lot of time. Next time you’re stuck in an exercise rut, check out a few of these poses.

 You can find more information and helpful tips on at-desk yoga in this resource guide: http://www.ergostoreonline.com/guide-to-desk-yoga.html

About the Author:
Patty Englebaugh founded
ErgoStoreOnline.com in 1993. She has 19
years of experience installing ergonomic office furniture and computer accessories that create healthy work environments in home and corporate offices as well as in the healthcare, education, government, and business sectors. Call her today (Mon-Fri 8-6pm EST) for one-on-one support for your
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