Some offices have fitness rooms for employees to do cardio and curls between sending memos. Unfortunately, most lack such facilities. Rather, the common desk worker will sit for 8 hours secured within their cubicle’s walls until lunch or quitting time. While offices offer a productive and generally safe environment, they cannot protect you from the opportunistic duo known as heart disease and weight gain. Yes, these two triumph in circumstances where the body remains still, the blood pressure rises and the calorie intake is always going up–just all the wrong promotions. However, there are plenty of DIY exercises ready to help fend off the pounds.
It’s time to wheel the chair to the curb and roll a balance ball over to your desk. Shaping love handles into toned sides, this inflated object works in mysterious ways. While you bounce to the Carpenters 1972 hit “On Top of the World” your back straightens and a core workout occurs. Keep in mind—as the Carpenters song continues playing—that researchers still debate whether these balls benefit posture or offer the necessary lumbar support. So until the results arrive, maybe limit your balling to two hours a day.
When the water jug in the break room nears empty see the situation as an opportunity for lifting. Typing all day may develop finger strength, but your bi’s, tri’s and pecks need some attention too. However, before you start tossing gallons of water around, you should employ some caution. Like any lifting or curling exercise, acknowledging your limitations and using the correct form is vital to avoiding injury. No one will sincerely say “oh, he’s a real John McClane” when you are crumpled on the tile with a pulled back. Lift safe; stay strong.
Accessible, free, and private. Staircases in office buildings provide the seclusion one seeks when trying to shape up away from the gawks of spectators. Each step brings you closer to a healthier and fitter body. If lacking in motivation, play some step-taking tunes like Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” Gaye’s “Stepping Closer to Your Heart” or some theme from an 80’s movie to get you pumped about passing each floor. Another bonus to using stairs rather than elevators is that it reduces unnecessary energy consumption. So, if not interested in taking the stairs for your health, then do it for the Earth. We can heal it. . .one step at a time.