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Exercises you can do at work

Woman in office
Woman in office

When you work in an office most often you are probably sitting in a chair during your workday. That doesn't mean you can’t add a few simple moves in your workday to create more physical activity for yourself. When you add in some activity, sedentary days will not only go by faster but activity will also improve your health, well-being, posture, decrease risk of disease and improve your mental health.

First, you should get out of your chair frequently to walk over to the fax, machine, copy, machine, file cabinet, supply area and more. Take a nice brisk walk on your lunch break or on your 10-15 minute coffee break. This will break up your day and also provide a good opportunity for some light exercise as well as the many health benefits of walking such as; improving circulation, and decreasing risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more.

Next, there are several other exercises you can do while at your seat. Some good ones are chair dips, under desk leg stretches, conference table push offs, shoulder shrugs, attentive meeting poses and more.

Lastly, you can also get some exercises while walking around the office. It is good for your career to be seen by your peers and up-line you can visit your colleagues instead of emailing or calling them. Drink a lot of water and while re-filling your water bottle, do some water bottle weight lifting. Visit the restroom farther away from your office for a little extra walking time. Choose to take the stairs instead of the elevator. When you need to make a copy, do copy machine leg lifts and leg swings.

All these things can break up your day and make it go by faster while also increasing your physical activity. Add some variety and fun into your day and stay fit all while you are working and interacting with your coworkers.