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Feel stuck behind a cubicle? How to stay fit at the office…

May 15th, 2012

stay fitDoes your work require you to spend most of your time in the office? If so, you are not alone. Living a sedentary life is hazardous to your health. Fortunately, there are things you can do to stay in shape while you’re in the office. Here are some simple tips to help you stay fit at work.

Take your meetings outside. You don’t have to confine all your meetings indoors. Some of them can be done while taking a walk outside. Aside from getting a good exercise, the fresh air can boost brainpower and make you feel great.

Exercise at your desk. Several health problems have been linked to extended hours of occupational sitting including risk for obesity, joint problems, and chronic venous diseases. Fortunately, you can do some exercises while sitting at your desk with little or no equipment. Here are some of the things you can do:

Upper back stretch: Extend both arms in front. Grab your left wrist with your right hand. Pull your arms forward while rounding your upper back. Switch sides after twenty seconds. This will release tension and work your muscles.

Neck stretch: Relax your shoulders and roll your head forward. Rotate your head in circle three times and go the other way three times.

Leg lift: Straighten your knees and lift your legs forward.

Drink plenty of water. Have a bottle of water on top of your desk at all times. There are several benefits to staying properly hydrated the whole day.

You are less likely to snack when you drink enough water, headaches caused by eyestrain can be reduced, and you can burn more calories as you get up and move to get a refill.

Choose healthier snacks. Choose snacks that have enough calories to satisfy your craving, but not so much that it becomes a meal. Stay away from snacks high in saturated fat. Instead, snack on fruits and vegetables; whole grains; nuts and seeds; and low-fat dairy products.

Have short breaks. Find ways to stand up and walk around. This will get your muscles moving and help improve your circulation. Even short walks to the restroom or supply room can make a lot of difference.


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