Workplace Wellness – A Workout You Can Do at Your Desk

desk-workoutMany of us find it tough to get in a workout with our busy lives. Between driving to work, sitting at our desk jobs, driving home, and taking care of personal errands, we’re left with little time to get up and get moving! According to research, prolonged sitting can lead to many health concerns, including obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol levels and excess body fat around the waist. So, even if you are stuck sitting 8 or more hours a day at work, it is important to keep yourself active to maintain good health. Thus, these one-minute workouts you can do at your desk can help you get the blood pumping:

Lower Body Desk Workout

Sit up straight in your chair and extend one leg out in front of you. Hold your leg straight for five seconds. Raise your leg as high as you can and hold for an additional five seconds. Switch legs and repeat three times on each side.

Core and Arms Desk Workout

Sit up straight in your chair with your legs crossed in front of you and your feet on the seat. Place your hands on the armrests and raise yourself a couple of inches above the seat. Hold this pose for 10 seconds. Rest for a few seconds and repeat five more times.

Biceps Desk Workout

Sit up straight. Hold a light dumbbell or filled water bottle in one hand, with your arm stretched out facing the ceiling. Curl your arm up towards your shoulder and then back down to the starting position 15 times. Switch arms and repeat. Complete one more set of 15 reps with each arm.

Stretch and Relieve Tension

Sit straight and face forward. Slowly turn your head to the left while turning your torso to the right. Hold for 5 seconds. Keep alternating sides for a total of 60 seconds. Another good way to relieve tension is with a stress ball. Squeeze the ball as many times as you can in each hand for 30 seconds.

 

Every little bit counts when it comes to moving around at work. Even a brief walk at lunchtime or taking the stairs instead of the elevator can help combat some of the effects of prolonged sitting. For some more tips on how you can get more active at work, click here.