by Betsy Stevens NCCPT | Find Me on Facebook
If you are like a large percentage of the working population, you might have a sedentary job: a job that keeps you confined to a desk or a small cubicle area for 8-9 hours of your day. Although you aren’t out swinging an ax each day for work, your job is tiring and at the end of the day, the last thing you want to do when everything is winding down is go to the gym and work out. You, like many others, want to go home, crash and mentally prepare to do it all again the next day.
We understand, but believe it or not, there are many ways to promote physical activity and a more active lifestyle at a desk job each day. Sometimes, you just have to be creative!
1. Replace your desk chair with a stability ball.
Studies have shown that not only does this help improve your posture, but it also aids in building up the bodies core strength.
2. Get up and move!
Set an alarm on your phone or computer to go off every 15- 20 minutes. When you hear the chime of your alarm, jump up and take a few walking laps around the office or march in place at your desk for a few minutes.
3. Take the stairs.
Any opportunity you have to take the stairs at your office or place of business, do it! By taking the stairs to your destination instead of the elevator or moving sidewalk, you are working the muscles in your lower body all while also giving yourself a good little cardio workout.
4. Keep a set of small hand weights in your desk drawer.
While you are waiting on that 20 page finance report to print, reach into your desk and grab your hand weights for a quick toning session. The biceps, triceps and shoulders are just a few of the upper body areas that can be focused on with hand weights while staying in a seated position.
See, we really do understand! We want you to be successful in your fitness journey. If you’d like more info on how we can help, contact us!