The reality is that most of us sit too much, either driving in a car or at our desks. Our spines, legs, and arms weren’t supposed to be sitting all day. It can make some abnormal curves in your spine that can really create a lot of strain on your back muscles. Being sedentary also can affect your circulation. You can be more at risk for leg swelling and also blood clots in your legs. Finally studies have shown that the less you move during the day, the less productive you are
Here are the 10 ways to exercise at work :-
Park Farther Away
Driving to work presents you with an opportunity to build a quick workout into your day. Park a reasonable distance from where you need to be and walk the rest of the way. If you use a parking garage, consider this strategy: Park on a lower level, climb the stairs to a higher level, and walk back down the ramp. You can do this easy exercise any time in your day, whether going to your job or running errands on the weekend.
Take the Stairs
If you work in a building with more than one floor, you already have a built-in office fitness center: the stairs. Whether you need to talk to a colleague on another floor or you just have a few extra minutes, climbing stairs is an excellent office exercise to burn fat, tone muscle, and get your heart pumping. Keep a stylish pair of sneakers or cross-trainers at work for walking and stair-climbing.
Stand Up for Exercise
One of the big things do at work is to try to interrupt their sitting.Use the speakerphone, for example. Because if you don’t have to be sitting and writing, you could stand and pace and that helps with the circulation and with the spine. Try to find time to stand at intervals throughout the day or rearrange your workspace to have a standing workstation rather than a seated one.
Switch to a Stability Ball
Trade in your desk chair for a stability ball or invest in one of the hemisphere versions that sits on your chair.You’re still getting this kind of weight shift and some cushioning, but it makes you use your legs a little bit more. This desk exercise also helps strengthen your core. Tips: Arch your back slightly, tuck your tummy in, and keep your feet flat on the floor and all joints (knees, ankles, hips) at 90-degree angles.
Aim to Work Your Arms
You may not be able to pump iron at work, but you can still stretch and tone. Try the arm desk exercises: Start with a few shoulder rolls, both forward and backward, and gentle neck rolls. If you have time, add in a biceps curl or triceps extension. You can keep light hand weights at your desk or use a resistance band tied to a drawer handle.
Do Leg Stretches
No one can see what you’re doing under your desk, so take frequent opportunities to stretch your legs and feet. Start with flat feet, and then raise and lower the heel of each foot 5 to 10 times. Next switch to lifting your toes: Raise one leg and point your toe slowly 5 to 10 times; do the same on the other side. Finally, raise one leg and circle your ankle several times; switch legs.
Get Up and Move
Time management can help you build easy exercise into your workday. I know a lot of times people say, ‘Okay, this morning I am going to crank out this report,’ and then they sit for three hours straight . It’s much better to break up your sitting time every hour or so with other activities. Work at your desk for 45 minutes and then get up to make a phone call or do some filing.
Try Yoga or Tai Chi
You can’t train for a triathlon in your office, but yoga or tai chi will give you some options for easy exercise you can do virtually anywhere. Both of these workout styles emphasize flexibility, balance, and attention to your breathing. They can be relaxing in addition to supporting your overall health. Work with a trained teacher or physical therapist to create a mini-routine for an office workout.
Perform Desk Push-Ups
A great piece of equipment for office exercise could be right at your fingertips: your desk. Take a few moments to do some push-ups at your desk. This will strengthen your arms and shoulders. Stand up facing your desk, place your hands shoulder width apart, and slowly lower your torso toward the desk; then slowly push back up, and repeat several times. Challenge yourself by adding to the number of reps you complete each day.
Turn to Stress Balls for Toning
These tough little rubber or foam fist-sized balls are not just for stress relief . I strongly recommends them as a way to strengthen and tone your hands. With repetition, you can really gain some arm strength. It’s especially good for people who type a lot. Keeping those muscles strong and flexible can help prevent wrist and hand problems. Best of all, you can do this quick workout without leaving your desk.