If you work long hours at an office where most of the time goes off in tapping away at your laptop or sitting through crazy long meetings, the result will be stiff muscles, less flexibility and sometimes joint pain from all the inactiveness. We’ve teamed up with fitness blogger Protima Tiwary of Dumbbells and Drama to show you a few ways you can stay active at the office and give your muscles the exercise they need!
1. TAKE THE STAIRS
Elevator on the right and steps on the left? Want to take the easy way out? Don’t! Always push yourself to take the stairs. You can sacrifice a bit of discomfort for your long-term health right. Taking the stairs ensures that you give your lower body a workout and helps regulate the blood flow in your legs.
2. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND WALK TO THE WATER COOLER OR COFFEE MACHINE
Keep a constant check on the amount of water you drink. While drinking too much is not good, drinking too less also causes your muscles to get dehydrated. You can download an app on your phone to monitor/remind you of your water intake. But whenever you feel thirsty or need coffee, get up and walk to the water cooler or coffee machine. Not only does this exercise your body but it also gives you the opportunity for a tiny work break!
3. ON A LONG CALL? WALK AROUND.
We all know when we start a work call with “Hello, yes we need to talk about…..”, the call goes on for an hour. Although it might be an important work call, try walking around (without disturbing your other colleagues) while talking. This will give your legs a workout and also might give you a spontaneous and amazing idea to discuss!
4. NEED TO DISCUSS SOMETHING WITH A COLLEAGUE? INSTEAD OF DROPPING AN EMAIL OR CALLING THEM ON THE PHONE, WALK TO THEIR DESK
You’ll get the exercise you need and also the added bonus of hanging out by their desk and chatting for a few minutes. Never underestimate the power of short breaks where you can get up off your seat!
5. GOT A MINUTE? DO A WALL SIT
Like demonstrated above, whenever you have some time or just feel stiff, try doing a series of wall sits and hold each for a few seconds. This will stretch your muscles and leave you feeling refreshed. You can do it anywhere, even in office clothes… even in the washroom!
6. SET REMINDERS TO STRETCH YOUR LEGS AND WALK AROUND
Since we are all glued to our phones every day, for work and for personal reasons, it would be a good idea to set reminders on your phone for short walks. This way, you can set a routine and you don’t have to go through the extra effort of remembering when to stretch your legs during those busy work days.
Follow the above tips and you can be well on your way to developing a healthier working lifestyle! For more ways on how to stay healthy with the right fitness, follow Dumbbells and Drama’s blog.
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