Experts agree that the best way to maintain good health is to practice good hygiene, get adequate rest, eat well and, here it comes, exercise! But how does one find the time to do that in the middle of an already busy day? It’s a little easier than you might think.
- Sit and be fit! Position yourself so that your back and buttocks are against the back of your desk chair, feet flat on the floor. Breathe out while tightening your abdominal muscles. Hold for 10 seconds and then release while breathing in. Repeat 5 to 10 times.
- Lift your arms high above your head, gently stretching your muscles. Take a deep breath and release as you slowly lower your arms.
- Every little bit helps. It’s not necessary to schedule lengthy periods of time on a treadmill or elliptical to improve your cardiac health. Short walks around your living space or during your breaks at work count, too. Hand-deliver inter-office mail or stop by to talk to a colleague in person instead of phoning.
- Don’t search for the nearest parking space at the office. Park a little further from the entrance and add extra steps to your day. If you take mass transit to work, walk to the next stop rather than opting for the closest one.
- We’ve all read that it’s more heart healthy to take the stairs at work whenever possible, if even for part of the distance. Well, it’s true. It’s that much better for you.
- Bring a small hand weight to work and lift it while talking on the phone. Stand beside your desk and do squats once or twice during the day.
So the next time you’re sitting at your desk thinking you should exercise, just do it. You’ll be glad you did!
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