Use the 4 easy tricks to get active and feel energized while at work.
Research has shown that sitting for prolong periods is not good for our overall health, and we know that it’s not good for a short term health either. That uncomfortable feeling in your upper body after you’ve been sitting for 8 or more hours. It starts to take a toll on your back, shoulders, neck and even eye sight. We know that taking regular breaks benefits our health and our productivity levels, so why not set a reminder on your computer or phone to alert you every half to an hour to stop and have a quick break and use the time to workout at work for even better heath. We’ve got some simple ideas that anyone can do.
- Go the stairs
It may seem simple, and it is. Swapping the elevator or escalator for a set of stairs will help get your heart pumping and muscles active leaving
you feeling energised and ready to take on the world. You can use them to move around a building or you can use them in a lunch break or after
work as a high intensity workout.
- Use an exercise ball
Sitting stationary all day can have a negative impact on your health and potentially undo all the good work achieved at the gym. If you’re sitting at a desk for the majority
of the day using a fit ball is a great idea to active muscles and perform small regular movements. Your core will strengthen, posture will improve,
and your back and shoulders will be better aligned, if sitting correctly. Or an even better solution is a standing desk extender.
By varying your day between sitting and standing, it has the potential to decrease the strain and tension in your back, hips, and neck (to name
- Quick burst at your desk
Most of us already have regular breaks to grab a coffee and fill up our water. So why not use these moments to get in a few reps while at your
desk. It’s called deskercise. Yep, it’s a thing. For example, starting
at a standing position you can lean onto the front of your desk (plank position) and try and few push ups. Or using your chair, get in a few dips
to work your arms. If you have enough space, try lunges, squats or the wall sit. Just need to check your outfit that day allows room for these
movements. And if your co-workers are starting to look at your weird, why not get to join you so you can encourage each other and the health of
the entire office improves.
- Stretches and relaxation
To relieve tired and sore muscles that may be a result from sitting for too long, why not introduce some gentles stretches or yoga into your day. To ease shoulders, raise both shoulders at the same time, hold for a few seconds and then relax again. Repeat for 10 – 15
reps. For the neck, tilt head to one side and use the opposite hand to gently push down to stretch the side of your neck. Do the opposite side
and then the same tilting your head forward and back. You can also stand and stretch out your back, and hips for improved comfort when sitting
again. Taking 5 minutes to relax and rejuvenate will not only help destress and relax but may assist to increase productivity and concentration.