As more and more of us work in office environments and with an increase in obesity levels in the UK, the government are doing more to warn us of the dangers of sitting down all day. Performing a few small exercises and breaking up the time spent sitting down can be a real health boost.
The office may not be the ideal location for performing exercise, but there are a few lifestyle choices that you can make which will have a positive effect on both your mental and physical health.
Here are the top 5 ways to keep fit at your desk:
The Imaginary Stairs – Raising and dropping your feet under your desk, much like the motion used to climb real stairs is a good way to keep the blood flowing in the legs and to wake the muscles in the leg up, standing up for 30 seconds every hour, (and walking if possible) also encourages circulation.
Cut Out Coffee – It may be the first thing some of you reach for in the morning and whilst a cup of steaming hot coffee may be the perfect way to get through the first few hours at the desk, scientist warn that it could be having a negative effect. Coffee overworks the kidneys and can cause dehydration which is proven to make you lose concentration; a much better alternative is green tea.
Keep Moving – Studies show that if you remain inactive for over four hours then the enzymes responsible for metabolism can begin to shut down, this means all anything eaten will not be burnt. Get up as often as possible even if it means walking to the toilet.
Change Your Snacks – It goes without saying that eating crisps and chocolate at your desk all day can be responsible for weight gain, especially if you aren’t getting any exercise, so why not change them for a low fat yogurt, a handful of nuts or some mixed berries, all of these will keep you full until lunch and are far healthier.
Lose Your Chair– Perhaps the most radical of the changes but in recent times it has become more common for those working in an office to lose their chair, you could replace your chair with a large gym ball which will help to promote core strength, alternatively more people are opting to stand at specially made desks such as those made by Calibre Furniture.
Of course some of the changes that have been mentioned here may not be possible and it may be that you need to think more about your diet, or the ways in which you exercise once you leave the office, in order to make a substantial change. It is also important to mention that these are not the only changes that you can make, some of the tips are industry specific such as stretching regularly if you do a lot of typing, this can help prevent carpal tunnel, and setting your seat and desk can help to boost posture. Whatever your situation, remember to work on yourself as well as your business.
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