Sitting at a desk all day gets old fast! By two o’clock your toes are tapping, legs are shaking, and you’re so distracted by the jitters that you aren’t able to be as productive as you need to be. When you are at work, it’s hard to make time to get up and take a walk, other than going from meeting to meeting. Our bodies aren’t meant to be sitting down for eight hours straight, yet for some reason professionals put their bodies through this stress day in and day out.
According to a study by National Center for Biotechnology Information, sedentary behavior, as in sitting down, is consistently linked to more than 30 chronic diseases and conditions. These conditions include a 112% increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes, and a 147% increase in the risk of heart disease. Yes work is extremely important but you must find a balance with your health, as good quality work relies on your good quality health. Here are 6 simple at work exercises you can do to increase your movement throughout the day to maintain and improve your health and to get you through that midday restlessness!
- Calf Raises – Stand in front of a desk or other piece of furniture you can hold onto for balance. Raise your heels of the floor, stand on your toes, and slowly lower them.
- Wall Sits – Rest your back against a wall and move your feet away from the wall. The wall should be supporting the weight of your back and your knees should be bent at a 90 degree angle. Hold the position as long as possible.
- Chair Dips – Place the palms of your hands on your chair and your feet on the floor. Move your rear end off of the edge of your seat. Bend your elbows and lower your body. Straighten your arms to return to the starting position.
- Chair Squats – Stand in front of your chair and face forward. Slowly squat down until your rear its the chair, then stand straight back up.
- Stair Repeats – Set a goal of how many floors you want to walk up and down in 15 minutes. Try to meet or beat your goal the next day.
BONUS: Leg Kick Back – Standing tall, balance on one leg and lift the opposite leg straight back. Keep the lifted leg as straight as possible, focusing on squeezing the muscles on that side.
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Laura LaBombarda, FitBliss Marketing
Laura LaBombarda is a senior at Santa Clara Univeristy. She is expected to graduate in June of 2017 with a B.A. in Communication and Entrepreneurship. In her spare time Laura enjoys working out at Orangetheory Fitness, going to San Francisco Giants games, and trying new restaurants.
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