Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk

If you have a desk job, you likely sit for close to 8 hours a day. Add to that your sedentary time during your commute (both ways), sitting during meals (three of them, if not more), and relaxing on the couch, and most of your day consists of sitting. That much sitting can lead to any number of health problems, including back pain, obesity, poor circulation, bad posture, and more!

So what can you do to stay active? Aside from getting regular exercise outside of work, you can also perform exercises while on the job that help keep you active and in motion, lessening the risk of serious problems like back pain while promoting good blood circulation.

Here are some good exercises to do at your desk (or in the work place):

Take the stairs whenever possible. If your office has stairs, try to take them whenever you can, instead of the elevator. If there are no stairs, always try to take the long way to your desk or office.

Stretch every 30 minutes to an hour. Stand up and touch your toes. Do a few squats. Stretch your arms above your head. Any stretching will help relieve the stress on your spine and muscles, which can reduce back pain or muscle tension.

Lift your legs periodically to keep the blood circulating. You can also stand up and walk around your desk to help the blood flow.

Park as far away from the front door as you can. This means you’ll have to walk farther, but that will keep you active. You can even walk around the building once before you clock in or out, just for good measure.

Of course, you can also make sure you have a good office chair (with lumbar support), exercise regularly, eat healthy, and get a good night’s sleep. All of those things can also help lessen back pain and risk of more serious health matters.

source; Mecca Medical – www.meccamedical.com

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