Researchers have linked sitting to a whole slew of health concerns including Obesity, increased Blood Pressure, high Blood Sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels among other conditions. Unfortunately, spending a few hours a week at the gym doesn’t seem to significantly offset the risks. Moving more throughout the day does. So, get off that bum and deskercise!
Wall Push Ups:
Standing one to two feet from a sturdy wall (not a cubicle divider!), lean forward until palms are flush against the wall, with arms straight and parallel to the ground. Next, bend the elbows to bring the body towards the wall, hold for two seconds, then push back to the starting position. Complete 12-15 reps.
Wall sits are great for building strength and endurance. Standing with your back against the wall, bend the knees and slide your back down the wall until the thighs are parallel to the floor. Sit and hold for 30-60 seconds.
The Patient Printer: Why lackadaisically stand by the printing pages when you could be sculpting your calves with calf raises? Standing with feet shoulder-width apart, press up onto the tippy toes, pause at the top, then lower back down. Repeat for three sets of 12-15 reps, or until the printing, faxing, or scanning is done. Ready to level up? Try raising only one leg at a time.
And of course take the stairs whenever possible. For more PRINT THIS OUT and keep it on your desk. Based on your work environment, see if you can come up with you can add movement throughout your day!