For one reason or another many of us are not able to make it to the gym before or after work. That doesn’t mean that all is lost. You can still sneak in a little workout while at the office. It’s important to take a break from time to time. There are a few benefits to staying fit at work. First, it will rejuvenate you for the rest of the day. It will keep your brain sharp and alert and break up the days boredom. Also, being at the computer for an excessive amount of time can lead to blurred vision, headaches, stiff neck, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.
How do I stay fit at work? Starting from the top down, you can start by standing against a wall and pressing the back and shoulders back. This will help to keep your shoulders from rounding. When sitting at your desk for long periods of time, you’re putting stress on the neck and shoulders. The head is very heavy and gravity pulls it down.
Next, you can do pushups at your desk (pressing away from your desk) as well as tricep dips using your desk or chair. You can hold on to the back of your chair and do squats and lunges. You can do seated leg raises, hamstring curls, calf raises. You can even work your abs by sitting on the edge of your chair and pulling your knees toward your chest.
It’s also important to take breaks to stretch as well. You can start with some neck rolls, a neck stretch (gently pulling your head to one side), the door stretch (standing in a doorway with both arms extended into a T-position and gently leaning forward). You can also stretch your quadriceps and hamstrings . The sky is the limit. You can be as creative as you want to be, just remember to keep it safe.
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