More and more studies show that exercise and physical activity is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Not only does exercise prevent obesity and heart disease; it releases endorphins, which regulate stress and emotion.
However, for many Americans who have long commutes, a 9-5 work schedule, and family commitments, the time or energy for exercise simply isn’t part of the equation. Nevertheless, for those wanting to make a change for the better, we’ve documented 3 pieces of office furniture you can use to stay healthy and happy — right in your office.
1. Your Chair: An ergonomically designed chair will not only help alleviate stress on your back, but will help strengthen your core. By sitting in your chair, you can perform simple upper and lower body stretches, as well as hip and core calisthenics, through proper breathing techniques and repetitive motion.
2. Your Desk: Your desk is a great tool for strength training with your own body weight. Using your desk as leverage, you can perform push-ups, squats and tricep dips. Many offices have converted their workstations into standing or treadmill desks. While pricier and less conventional, standing and treadmill desks have shown to reduce back strain and other ill health effects associated being sedentary for a long period of time.
3. The Wall: Using a single wall, you will be able to perform a total body workout in less time than you would think. From cardio drills, plyometric push-ups and ab toning exercises, to lower body and hamstring moves, you can utilize your desk as a stable weight, to perform any exercise in a small space.
Other Healthy Tips:
– Skip the coffee and soda for water and tea.
– If you’re feeling stressed out, don’t be afraid to speak to a manager or a professional.
– Take healthy breaks, such as a quick walk around the office or building.
– Don’t be afraid to ask your coworkers to join your exercise routine.
– Even taking 60 seconds out of your day to perform any strengthening or toning exercises at your work station is a start for a healthier life.
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