Putting the “Work” in Workout: 5 Ways to Stay Fit at the Office
April 15, 2014
As PR professionals, we have mastered the art of multitasking, and with summer just around the corner, we thought we would share some of our favourite tips for staying fit while we work. From taking a few extra steps throughout the day to easy deskercises, here are Faulhaber’s top five fitness tips.
1. Best Foot Forward
Experts say that a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to your health. Take a break from your chair and computer screen and get moving. In the morning, opt for the stairs instead of the elevator. If you’re feeling ambitious, take two stairs at a time every other flight for a real leg burn. At your lunch hour, take a walk around the block with a coworker. The fresh air will help clear and refresh your mind before you tackle the rest of the day. Taking the time to get up and move your body whenever you can is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and ensuring continuous blood circulation in your arms and legs.
2. Crunch Time
Spending eight or more hours sitting down can take a toll on your body, so try this silent and sneaky workout. Squeeze your core muscles tightly for five to 10 seconds and then release, repeating for 12-15 reps. Sitting up straight in your chair, with your feet flat on the ground also engages your abdominal muscles and promotes proper posture.
3. Skinny Dipping
Get strong and slender arms with simple tricep dips. These can be done almost anywhere, including your office. Using your desk or non-rolling chair, sit at the edge and place hands on either side of your body while gripping the chair for stability. With feet a few steps away from your body, bend your arms so that you dip down, hold and then straighten.
4. Legs for Days
You can tighten your thighs with this easy move, all at the comfort of your desk. Work the core, quadriceps and hip flexors by sitting up tall in your seat, contracting your abs and lifting one foot off the floor about six inches, maintaining a 90-degree bend in the knee. Hold that position for 10 seconds and then lower before moving on to the other leg.
5. The Sky’s the Limit
Last but not least, stretching is essential to maintaining a healthy mind and body. It can help de-stress and avoid stiffness and sore muscles. Pain in the shoulders and neck can affect productivity, so it’s important to take time to consciously elongate the back and neck. Every couple of hours stretch your arms up, interlock fingers and reach towards the back. Take a few seconds to breathe and clear your mind.