Ok, so you have a New Year’s resolution but you’re struggling because you have an office job. Check out today’s guest post by Linda Bailey where she gives us several options in what to d0 when we’re chained to a desk during the day.
When you sit at a desk for 10 hours a day, you don’t get very many opportunities to get exercise unless you make the time. Without keeping your body active, you could easily gain weight and compound any physical problems you may have. Regardless of what you are doing, sitting for long periods of time can be detrimental to your health. In light of this, how can you keep yourself active enough to stave off weight gain and keep from suffering from various complications?
- Work Standing Up – If it’s possible to do so, you can always get yourself a desk that rises to standing levels. As many people have the same concerns you do, manufacturers have begun designing desks that can raise and lower depending on if you’d rather sit or stand. Even if you were to stand for several hours per day, you could get far more activity than you do now.
- Active Breaks – Every couple of hours, spend your breaks walking around the block. This will get the blood flowing and keep your body from become lethargic. Many people suffer from knee problems and arthritis. Getting up and moving periodically can help alleviate stiffness in the joints and help loosen muscles. In fact, you may notice that you are able to focus more on your job after a quick 10 minute walk around the block or throughout the facility.
- Quick Exercises – A quick routine of basic exercises can help keep your body active and your mind alert. Every hour, why not take five minutes and quickly do a few jumping jacks, push-ups or any other activity that you can do in the confines of your space. Of course this may seem a bit odd if you are in an office setting. If you feel more comfortable away from others, you can always do these in rest or break areas.
- Walk for Lunch – Instead of getting in the car and driving to fast food restaurants, why not walk to nearby establishments for lunch? Although it may take more time away from your break, you could possibly feel much better about yourself afterward. Besides, walking to and from an eatery could help you stave off those extra pounds and provide you with less guilt about consuming foods that are fattening.
- Chair-ups – A great way to get some exercise without actually leaving your desk is to do some “chair-ups.” It sounds more ridiculous than it actually is. Simply stand next to your office or desk chair and do 20 repetitions of picking it up to chest height and setting it down. This can help get the blood flowing while allowing you to move various parts of your body in order to lift the chair repeatedly. Just be careful not to drop the chair or slam the legs into office equipment.
The real secret to keeping yourself fit and trim while having a desk job for 10 hours per day is movement. You need to find ways to keep your body active throughout the day. Whether you design a complete exercise routine at lunch or simply get up and walk around a few times out of the day, it’s all about movement. If you have an office job, how often do you get up and move about?
About the Author
This post is contributed by Linda Bailey from housekeeping.org. She is a Texas-based writer who loves to write on the topics of housekeeping, green living, home décor, and more. She welcomes your comments which can be sent to b.lindahousekeeping @ gmail.com.
Do you have any suggestions in how we can keep active when we have a desk job?