So why is being sedentary not a good thing?
Exercising is very important. Did you know that if you were to stay in the same position for hours and hours it can affect your circulation? It can cause harm to your organs. Your blood needs to be able to flow freely throughout the body.
Sitting at a desk is something that is sometimes unavoidable. So, what can be done about it so that our bodies can feel healthy? If we are healthy, we can be even more productive in our work environment.
Tips on Exercising while at Work
It’s time for Cubercise !!
The Sammy Davis Jr.: Tap those toes, move those feet, create circles by rotating at your ankles. While you are standing around waiting for that copy or printout there is an exercise. Lift your toes to tap the top of something small, like soccer players tapping their soccer ball.
Going up: Instead of riding the elevator, take those stairs like you mean it!
Jog instead of Slog: Instead of slouching around, stand up and take a little jog in place. One minute of that is what you need.
Split Squat and Jump: Place feet hip-width apart. Take one leg and step back two feet balancing on the ball of your foot. Lower into a lunge and come back up. Then switch legs. Do 10-12 times.
Walk around the office: Instead of just sending an email, walk to visit them in person. Did you ask someone else to get you something? Instead walk and get it. Just avoid those candy jars.
Dance and sit: While you are sitting there just start dancing the dance. Move that body!
Hold the Wall: Do you find yourself just standing while someone is talking to you? Shimmy right up to the nearest wall and do a wall sit. You place your back against the wall and slowly slide down in a sitting position. Hold for 30-60 sec. For an extra challenge, cross one ankle over the opposite knee and switch.
Stand when you Can: When you can stand instead of sitting, do it! Get that blood flow going.
Squeeze the hairs off the office Chairs: Too shy to exercise in public, here is a great one for you. Squeeze those glutes and hold 5-10 seconds and release. Repeat until the meeting is done or the glutes are tired.
After Work Stretches
Sometimes when we hear Yoga, we think of having to be in a jumble of complicated bends and twists. Here are some simple but very effective poses to help end the day.
Mountain Pose: This is when you stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Take your hands and stretch them high above your head. Reach high to the clouds.
Forward fold: Slowly bring hands to stretch to your feet. Let your shoulders relax.
Warrior I: In a standing stance. Take one foot and step back two feet letting the knee in front be at a 90 angle. Taking your hands and reach high above.
Remember that circulation is key. Let your imagination flow as you find new ways to be healthy.
Linda Rawson is the CEO, and Founder of DynaGrace Enterprises, (http://DynaGrace.com) which is a Women-Owned, 8(a) Minority, Small Business. She is also the author of The Minority and Women-Owned Small Business Guide to Government Contracts.