The Ultimate Guide To Deskercise

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Fitness isn’t something that can only be achieved at the gym. Every day is an opportunity to focus on your physical fitness and get some much-needed exercise, even when working at your desk. While many employers today have recognized the importance of physical fitness (some even set up gyms and fitness centers within their offices), it can still be challenging to find time for fitness amongst your other responsibilities. Focusing on your work is important for your career, but it can be detrimental to your health in more ways than one. For example, not only can work keep you from maintaining a commitment to regular exercise, but sitting at your desk for extended periods can increase your risk of obesity and cause muscle stiffness.

Fortunately, even though you may be chained to your desk for much of the day, you can still take a few proactive steps to improve your fitness. Staying in shape while on the job doesn’t have to mean pounding a treadmill throughout your entire lunch break. There are many exercises you can do while seated or standing at your desk that will help you fight the negative effects of being sedentary. These exercises can also help prevent some of the more common aches and pains which can affect you when sitting for too long. “Deskercises” can be great ways to keep your body active, without taking you away from your work. They only take a few minutes and you don’t have to worry about breaking a sweat. What’s more, they will help keep your blood moving and your muscles limber. Further, exercising at your desk can help improve your overall mood and well-being during a stressful day. From a simple shoulder shrug to spine stretches that can relieve tension in your back, these easy forms of deskercise can help you feel better throughout the day and provide you with at least a little physical activity when you’re too busy to get to the gym.

In addition to these simple exercises, there are many other ways you can do something good for your physical fitness — even while you’re at the office. Examples include getting up from your desk every hour to take a five-minute walk around the office, and using the stairs instead of the elevator. By following these ideas as well as the deskercise tips in the guide below, you can improve your fitness no matter where you are.

Author bio: Joel Vento is President of Sales and Marketing at Concept Seating. Vento brings over 20 years of experience to Concept Seating, leading to the creation of several products — including the 3150 Operator Chair. Concept Seating produces 24-hour dispatch chairs and office task chairs for a variety of industries.

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