Sitting at a desk all day is not a healthy experience. If the only exercise you get is the walk to and from your car, then you are in some serious trouble. You don’t have time to work out, you say? And nowhere to go? Well, no more excuses! Here are four exercises you can do at work, on your break, and no one is the wiser.
- Push-ups – You have a stairwell at work that is seldom used, right? Sure you do! Use the stairs as an easy push-up bench. Start with regular push-ups, ten at a time. When you get tired, switch to backwards push-ups. This will tone your biceps and triceps and prevent ‘wings’ from forming under your arms. If you are too out of shape to do regular push-ups, then just start with half ones. You’ll get there. This should take you no more than five minutes, or the equivalence of a restroom break.
- Stairs – Um, hello? Stairs we mentioned already. You know that ‘stair stepping’ machine at the gym? It started out here! A couple of flights of stairs later and your legs will be thanking you… possibly at the top of their metaphorical lungs.
- Sit-ups –Stair landings make great private spots to lie down and sit-up. Crunches work too, whatever you like better. The point is to work those stomach muscles and get rid of the tire you’ve added. You can change it up by shifting your leg positions and even using the edge of the stair to engage your back muscles too.
- Walk –This is super easy. Just start walking and don’t stop. Inside or outside, you can pace the halls and break it up with stairs. As long as you keep moving, you’ll keep burning calories. A great after lunch motivator, a walk can get you back to work energized instead of falling asleep at your desk.
It doesn’t take much to get up and around at work, and you don’t lose any time. Every time you get up, remember to do something active. Your body and mind will thank you. Though I do suggest taking a little body spray to work with you, just so your co-workers don’t catch on…