Deskercise: Keep Fit from your Desk?!
Yes! This is a real term and don't get us wrong we we're surprised to hear about it too, but if your sat down reading this article then this post is for you.
Our modern lifestyles are engineered for us to do most things now sitting down! Dedicating time to simple but effective exercise moves is ever increasingly important. Sedentary lifestyles are increasing our risk of non-commutable diseases (NCD's) and loss of muscle and bone strength.
The World Heath Organisation estimates more than 80% of the world's adolescent population is insufficiently physically active.
The good news that with little more physical activity per day and small changes can help you stay healthier and happier. Just remember to check with a doctor before starting any exercise regimen.
Here are 6 exercises from moveitmonday campaign that you can do at work
1. Tap Master. Tap into your inner Broadway hoofer by sitting and speedily tapping your toes on the floor under your desk. This prevents your ankles from locking up and keeps the blood circulating.
2. Cardio Combine. While seated, pump both arms over your head for 30 seconds, then rapidly tap your feet on the floor, football-drill style, for 30 seconds. Repeat 3-5 times. Do it when you’re stuck on a problem and you might discover afterwards you’ve got the solution!
3. Head Lollers. Here’s a great way to release tension from too much thinking. Let your head loll over so that your left ear nearly touches your left shoulder. Use your hand to press your head a little lower. Hold for 10 seconds, relax, and repeat on the other side.
4. Blade Scrunchers. Sitting up straight, try to touch your shoulder blades together by scrunching towards each other. Hold, then relax. This exercise opens your chest and helps it recover from crunching your torso forward over a computer or smartphone.
5. Master Clenches. Probably the most secret exercise here, but if done regularly, can make a significant impact in your muscle tone. Sitting or standing, tighten your buttocks, hold for 5 seconds, relax, and repeat 15 times.
6. Chair Dips. Scoot to the front of your chair so your butt is on the edge. Hold your hands on the edge of the seat. Lower yourself off the chair and bend your elbows to work your arms. Repeat 5 times.
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Finally, try taking frequent walk breaks because its easy to get so focused on your work that you forget to even move your arms and legs. If you need to, set an hourly calendar reminder to get you to move, stretch and take a short walk break.