Have you noticed: we always have time for food. Everybody knows when a bag of chips is torn open at work or at home (even your dog rushes to the spot!).
But, sadly the opposite is true for exercise. The long standing excuse in every non-exercisers book reads like this: “Don’t have the time for it!”
And we happily sit at our desks all day – munching from time to time (not always healthy!) – working. We’ve all heard how sitting is NOW the new smoking.
It is no laughing matter. It is scary and unfair (all non-smokers feel cheated!). A recent study suggests that sedentary activities (aka sitting) could increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.1
And juggling work and long commutes barely leaves any time for exercise, you’d agrue and we agree. However, the next best thing is to use some of the desk time (on an average we spend at least 8 hours!) for quick exercises.
We bet you didn’t think that would be possible? But, it is. Your cue is every time you feel boredom creep in or feel a slump in energy – insert exercise there. What’s fun is you don’t necessarily have to walk away from your desk. Plus, it is instant!
Let’s begin with the stretches.
We’d advise a bit of caution, with the stretch that involves lifting yourself, ensure that you lock the wheels of your chair – wouldn’t want you falling off the chair.
Ease yourself into these yoga poses.
You read it right, yoga at your desk!
And don’t forget those wrists that are busy typing all day long, here’s a little stretch routine to keep carpal tunnel syndrome at bay.
What we like about this form of exercising is it fits like a glove in our daily working-my-eyes-off routine and it is a great equalizer. “How?”, you ask. These stretches can be done by everyone – even the I’m-not-a-gym-person.
Once you have done these stretches, stand up and take a walk.
Go till the water cooler, get yourself a glass of water (when was the last time to drank water?). Or stand by your desk for a couple of minutes after every 10(20?!) minutes of sitting. And voila! Your body will thank you for these quick and easy exercises (they will make you feel good too!).
While these exercises are good as do-it-yourself, you could also get your colleagues to join in, it’s fun, beleive us – we tried it out! So, not only is it good for you, a little collective exercising brings in the laughs. And we could all use some good cheer at the workplace.
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|1.||↑||van der Berg, Julianne D., Coen DA Stehouwer, Hans Bosma, Jeroen HPM van der Velde, Paul JB Willems, Hans HCM Savelberg, Miranda T. Schram et al. “Associations of total amount and patterns of sedentary behaviour with type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome: The Maastricht Study.” Diabetologia 59, no. 4 (2016): 709-718.|