I work at home. I sit…a lot. I work from my laptop and my couch. Some days I get stress headaches because I know I’m not sitting the proper way. Sitting doesn’t help you get fit. It just doesn’t! Why don’t we rethink the way you work and sit! So here’s 5 ways to bring fitness to your desk.
- Stand up every 15 minutes for one minute. During this minute alternate doing heel raises and squats. You can do this even if you work on the phone. It’s simple and will get your blood moving again.
- Sit on an exercise ball at your desk. This is great for kids and adults alike. It helps keep your posture straight and allows you the freedom to work. If you have a minute you can do some sit ups using the ball and get a small workout in once an hour. I sit on my daughter’s exercise ball as my day goes on to help improve my posture.
- Stand up to work. I stand up and move to my kitchen island to work at least once a day for 15 minutes or so. That gets the blood going and allows me to get a few things done while I’m in there. I can set out dinner, start dinner or just make myself a snack or a drink.
- Drink 90 oz of water a day…ok well that’s the number I was given I’m not sure if your number would be different or not! You take your weight and divide it by 2 and that’s the amount of ounces of water you should be drinking. Don’t do the math…don’t figure out what I weigh. You did it didn’t you. Sigh. When you drink that much water you are going to the bathroom and getting up and walking at least once an hour. Movement is what helps keep your blood moving and keeps you healthier.
- Do sitting crunches to work those abs and keep weights at your desk. When you feel the need to stretch do some sitting crunches and some arm work with weights. A few bicep curls does an arm good!
Just because you work at a desk there are many ways for you to add some fitness into your day. Take some deep breaths too and then get on with increasing your fitness at your desk. Get your work done and feel good at the same time! Does your work involve sitting all day? What do you do?
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