Getting Your Exercise In At Your Work Desk
Few of us want to stay parked in front of a computer screen for most of the day. But while sitting down at work might not be fun, what’s worse is that it’s quite unhealthy for our bodies. Lack of exercise has been linked not only to bad physical health – increased risk of heart disease and disability – but also poorer mental health. So what can you do if you need to work every day and you still want to work out? Enter these work desk exercises!
Work Your Core With an Exercise Ball
This isn’t the oldest trick in the book, but there’s a reason that some people still prefer sitting on a large, inflatable ball to leaning back in their comfy office chair. By sitting on an exercise ball, you are forced to work harder on your balance, which may have subtle effects on your back, hips, and legs. It’s not a total-body workout, but it’s certainly a small step in the right direction.
Get On Up With a Sit-Stand Desk
On the other hand, why sit at all? Sit-stand desks are becoming quite the rage in health-conscious offices around the country, and for good reason: they’re easy, they’re sleek, and they’re effective. If you haven’t seen one before, the concept is pretty simple. A sit-stand desk, just as the name suggests, allows you to adjust the height of your desk so you can either sit or stand while you work on your computer.
Use a DeskCycle to Pedal Your Way to Fitness
If you’re looking for something that requires more activity and burns more calories, try getting some cycling in with DeskCycle. Rather than the huge elliptical monstrosities you might be used to using at the gym, DeskCycle is super compact at only 10 inches tall, so it easily fits under your desk. Better yet, the manufacturers note that their equipment is quiet, so there’s no need to worry about Suzie over in accounting complaining about the noise.
Sweat It Out the Old-Fashioned Way
If you’d rather not break the bank, even slightly, to get some exercises in at work, make do with what you have. You can still do some basic bodyweight exercises in the confines of your office or cubicle, and you can even try incorporating some everyday office supplies into your routine. This Greatist article has a ton of great activities for you to try out at the office. However, depending on your work culture, exercising at the office might not be very appropriate, and you might not have the right amount of space to really get a good workout in. You should be wary of doing squat jumps in front of disapproving coworkers.
In the end, you can make small steps to improve your exercise during work hours, but in reality, nothing is going to be as good as the real thing. For better results, you’d do well to go to the gym or at least do some exercises at home. But if you look at these small work workouts as an addition to real exercise, they can only do you good.