3 ways to stay healthy in the office.

Posted by AtlantisMain 11/11/2015 0 Comment(s)

Three secrets on how to live a healthy life at the office.


The sedentary life is a silent and deadly killer. Here I have worked out and tested five clever tips and tricks to help combat negative health effects from work!

 

1.How long are you spending on your feet?

Ask yourself… how many hours are you spending on your feet a day? Yep, you just answered “not enough” we all know how uncomfortable sitting at a desk is all day am I right?

Did you know that we are meant to spend 4 hours a day on our feet, walking, standing, you get the jiff – that’s not do able or workable.

So why not swap out your office chair for a ball! No not a football, a wellness yoga ball. Get rid of that dead bum and exercise whilst you work. It’s fun, humorous and keeps you fit!

Another option could be the Kanga Kneeling stall change positions and squat or do step ups whilst you work, why not!

 

2.Don’t be afraid to look away from your screen, it’s not going anywhere!

If you are reading this at your desk at work – perhaps on the DL while your boss has a loud conversation, or your wasting time advoiding making that important phone call because for whatever reason you have to psych yourself up to make a phone call – stand up. You can’t see the screen anymore, can you?

It’s been 20 minutes your eyes are sore, the screen is going blurry and your eyes are beginning to strain.

 “The protocol: 20 - 20 - 20” why don’t you try this! Every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds, look at something at least 20ft away - avoid those red, tired, sore eyes.

 

3.Are you too cool for school and deskercise?

Deskersice… YES it’s a real thing. These discrete exercises will get your blood and oxygen racing whilst you’re sitting behind your desk, sounds exciting right?

  • The Patient Printer: you’ve just been sent to the printer to collect that 200 page presentation, why slouch and wait around when you could be doing calf raises. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, press up onto the tip toes, pause at the top, and then lower back down and repeat.
  • The Silent Squeeze: Start Toning, simply squeeze the buttocks and hold for 5-10 seconds and release.
  • The Wall (Street) sit: Toilet break? In the office early? Do a wall sit. Stand with your back against the wall, bend the knees and slide your back down the wall until the thighs are parallel to the floor, hold for up to 60 seconds.
  • The Seated Leg Raiser: While seated, straighten one or both legs and hold in place for five or more seconds. Then lower back to the ground making sure your feet don’t rest on the ground and repeat.
  • The daydream: Whilst sitting down gently pull each elbow to the opposite side over the head.
  • The Half bear hug: Hug one knee at a time, pulling it towards your chest, hold in this position for 10 seconds before releasing
  • The Back Saviour: Sitting tall, forward with your back off the chair, engage the abs in and up, and lengthen through the top of the head as you begin to twist to one side. Turn from the lower back first, then the middle back, then upper back.

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