If you are like many Americans today, your day is filled to the brim with activities and obligations that must be met. There may not be enough time in the day for you to get the exercise that you need. This lack of exercise may leave you with less energy throughout your day. This sluggishness can lead to less productivity at work. Many people do not know that there are ways for you to get exercise even when you are at the office. Mary Oaklander and Heather Jones wrote and article for Time magazine last year with the sole purpose of giving people options of exercises they can do at work. I have taken a few of the options they suggested for this blog posting. This is not an exhaustive list. If you would like to see the whole article, I have attached a link to the story here.
Yoga - This option may only work if you have your own office where you can shut the door. On your lunch break, break out your yoga mat and do a few of your favorite poses. This can help you to relax and relieve some of the stress of the day. It can also help you to prepare mentally for the rest of the work day.
Chair Squats - Set yourself up six inches from your chair and sit down until your butt touches the chair and pop right back up. Remember to keep your core tightened while you are doing this exercise. Pull in your belly button towards your back in order to engage your core. This exercise will help strengthen your legs and core.
Wall Sits - Another exercise that will help to strengthen your legs and core are wall sits. Stand up with your back next to a wall and sit down till your legs are at a 90 degree angle. You can sit in this position to work your muscles or you can repeat the up and down movement to gain strength and do a little cardio.
Book Press - Grab the heaviest book the you have in your office and hold it above and behind your head. Bring the book down toward your shoulders and back up again. Repeat this exercise for a good triceps workout.
Desk Push-ups - Put both hands on your desk and extend your legs out to a 45 degree angle. Do as many push-ups as you can for a great workout of your upper body. Pull in your belly button to engage your core for a good ab workout.
These are just a few exercises you can do at the office. Sitting all day at your chair can be detrimental to your health. It is a good idea to get up from behind your desk and do some kind of movement or exercise to keep your body engaged throughout the day. It can also mentally prepare you for the rest of the day.