Exercising at work

Top 10 Exercises To Do At Work

Top 10 Exercises To Do At Work

Most people are just too busy nowdays. Too much busy that they don’t even have time to keep them fit. Physical exercise benefits us in so many ways: it improves our cardiovascular health, elevates our mood and mental acuity, increases our strength and eases stress, to name just a few (http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/exercise-at-your-desk?page=3). But for many people, devoting a certain amount of time each day for exercise is a challenge. Keeping busy lifestyles in mind we have compiled a list of top 10 exercises to do at work.

Fortunately, there is a way to fold physical activity into your workday, and most fitness experts would agree that every little bit helps (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/office-exercise/SM00115). Take a look at the top 10 best and most effective exercises to do at work.

  1. Choose the stairs instead of the elevator. Burn extra calories and get a good cardiovascular workout at the same time by making stair climbing a regular routine.
  2. Try shadow boxing for 2 minutes if you have a little privacy in your office or have access to an empty conference room. It’s a great workout, and “punching” an invisible opponent may help reduce stress too!
  3. Do one-legged squats, holding onto your desk or a table for support. Repeat 5 times on each leg.
  4. Walk to work or ride your bike for a workout that saves gas money too.
  5. Sit on a fitness ball rather than using a desk chair to improve your balance and strengthen your core muscles.
  6. Instead of taking a coffee break, take a walking break. Walk outside or do laps around the office or lunch room.
  7. Stretch to reduce stress and improve posture. Sit up tall and reach both hands toward the ceiling as far as possible. Hold for 5 seconds, then alternate reaching with each arm.
  8. Try to touch your shoulder blades together. Hold for 5 seconds, then relax.
  9. Walk on your lunch hour or, better yet, join a gym and spend your mid-day break getting fit.
  10. Stand whenever you can. It may not be as good as walking, but it’s always better than sitting.

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