5 Ways to Stay Fit at the Office
Cooped up in your cubical all day feeling lazy? Forced to sit for hours on end staring at computer screens exercising nothing but your eyes? For some of us, office life is our everyday reality. Not everyone can spend their weekdays going on long, luscious runs or hit the gym for hours at a time. So, for those of you who are confined to a cube, here are five exercises you can do at work that will keep you a little more active and feeling better by the end of your week!
#1 Wall Sits
Wall sits are a simple exercise you can do essentially anywhere there is a stationary, tall and steady enough object that you can lean against. Place your feet one to two feet away from the wall and lean back. Slide down so that your knees make roughly a 90 degree angle, so that you are in a seated position but without the chair. Within no time, you will no doubt feel the burn throughout your entire legs.
#2 Assisted Pushups
Your desk can make a great exercise tool when you’re stuck inside all day. To work your arms and upper body, assume a pushup position by placing your feet two steps away from your desk, and the hands at the edge. If you are feeling more ambitious, you can even do regular push ups on the ground. Just make sure there is space within your cubical to do so!
#3 Jump Lunges
This could get tricky if you don’t want your boss to notice you, and if you don’t have a semi-private space to perform in. However, if you can manage to sneak in a few jump lunges in between phone calls and emails, they are a great way to get your legs moving. Start by standing with one foot forward and one foot behind, with your back knee almost touching the ground and your front knee bent at a 90 degree angle. Once you’re ready, jump in an explosive motion, switching your feet positions and engaging in another lunge, but using the opposite feet! Simple as that.
#4 Standing Desks
Many corporate offices these days are beginning to invest in standing desks. A new approach to the typical table and chair, standing desks are a great alternative that do wonders for your body. As quoted by Dr. Hidde van der Ploeg, a doctor from the University of Sydney School of Public Health, “prolonged sitting has been shown to disrupt metabolic function resulting in increased plasma triglyceride levels, decreased levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and decreased insulin sensitivity” (Huffington Post). Standing rather than sitting is a small way to burn more calories throughout the day, and helps to regulate blood flow and improve posture. If you can convince your company to invest in a standing desk, you won’t be disappointed with all of its benefits.
#5 Tricep Dips
Another exercise where you can utilize your office materials: tricep dips. Strengthen your arm muscles by performing tricep dips at your desk. Place both of your hands at the edge of a chair, making sure they are at the sides of your body. Bend your elbows to roughly a 90 degree angle, and keep your shoulders down and head straight. Lower and raise your body as many times as you desire and you’ll be on your way to sculpted triceps, all while at the office!