You ever have those work days where you just feel blah? Or sedentary? I do. Or did. Often.
On days where I'm in the office most of the day (not out on client meetings, etc.), it's so easy to get caught up sitting at my desk, plugging away at my to-do list. For 8 hours. Guess what? That's not a good thing. Even though I work out 5-6 days a week, it still isn't good for me. Sitting for 7-8 hours straight isn't good for anybody. You need to keep the blood flowing and the metabolism going. Ha! That rhymes. I know it's so corny, but I always get a kick out of myself when I do that.
I know many of you are in the same boat. Whether you have your own office, cubicle, or work from the couch at home, here's some ways to combat this issue:
- Take a lap. Get up and walk around your building. If you work in a big city, just go around the block. It's refreshing, gets your body moving, and gives you some extra energy for the next few hours. If you can do this 2x a day, great! Try to do it at least once.
- Pace your space. I like to do this when I'm making phone calls or am on a conference call. Just walking around, or even just standing, is better than just sitting. I'll walk back and forth behind my desk, around my desk, whatever to just keep moving. I try to do this about every 15-30 minutes.
- Stretch. Keep yourself limber by stretching every time you get up to pace. Touch your toes, stretch your arms and back, whatever you need to do to keep from getting that "tight" feeling.
- Use objects in your office to do a little strength training. Use the end of your desk or a chair to do tricep dips, inclined push-ups, do bicep curls with your purse, whatever you have to use and can improvise with. You may want to kick those heels off before you do any of these though.
- Use a core ball as your chair. This helps you sit up a little straighter while working your core. And it improves your posture. Who doesn't want to look more confident?!
This is what mine looks like. A little piece of advice. Don't go to Target to get it. Their largest size is still too small. Go to Dicks or some other sporting goods store to get an XL size.
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