We all know that sitting for too long isn’t good for your health. Insert the century of at work fitness. First, it was the ball-chairs that keep your core engaged during your 9-5. Then it was the stand-up desks. I’ve heard rumors of friends of friends who have co-workers using treadmill desks, but I have yet to see one. What does all this mean? We’re craving activity at work.
From dips to planks there are an array of activities that you can do during the workday. The key to incorporating exercise into your routine? Schedule them on your calendar and/or find a buddy to do them with you. My suggestion? Start with doing something twice a day, once before lunch and the other in the afternoon. Expert tip: don’t schedule them on the hour. That’s when meetings start. Have them 5 minutes before the hour instead.
My office does push-ups (click the link for proof!) when we’re sluggish after lunch. Someone will sense the low energy and promptly announce that it’s push-up time. If you aren’t on the phone or otherwise engaged, you assume the position. Feet in your office, hands in the hallway and we count. We do them in sync, with lots of variation in form. When we started there were some who did them from a kneeled angle, and now, we even have some who have upgraded to clapping push-ups. Doing them regularly has allowed each person to demonstrate growth, no matter where we each started.
Whether you do wall-sits or seated leg raises, try adding something new to your deskercise routine. You’ll be surprised at how well office supplies double as dumbbells, or other exercise props, from paper weights to reams of paper you can find all sorts of things to pick and put back down as part of a weigh-inclusion routine. See how creative you can get!