We understand the difficulty of most working-class Filipinos of being too busy to allow time for exercise and prepare healthy meals beforehand, but it’s not an excuse to eat junk food and just sit around stressing over work!
Besides eating healthy, reducing sugar intake, and having a good regular exercise routine in your free time, we have our butts glued to work almost 9.3 hours each day. To prevent any form of gaining weight and stress, we’re introducing a healthy way to sneak in exercise while at work!
Corporate fitness enthusiasts have been spreading this trend across office buildings worldwide. They call it “deskercise”, a combination of desk and exercise! Many employees have been trying it out at work and have positive results! We gathered 5 of the simplest of exercises on how to workout at your desk!
1. Alternate Sitting and Standing
Instead of just keeping your body idle, why not sit and stand at different times of the day! This keeps the blood flowing all-throughout your body! Did you know that just standing up burns fat? If you’re not typing or reading from a screen, try stretching your legs and stand up to take that call or brainstorm on your feet. Some people who’ve tried it say it keeps them more alert and responsive while working!
2. Try Walking Meetings
You don’t have to be alone in keeping fit at the office! Encourage your co-workers to join you in having a meeting while walking! It doesn’t have to be that long, just going down to the nearest store for coffee or a snack is enough. Exercise your mind and body by moving your legs to get the blood pumping while absorbing sunlight for some vitamin D to give skin that natural glow and stay awake.
3. Strengthen Calves
Feel like your feet are turning into cement? Try pointing your toes while sitting down or standing up! Not only will it stretch your toes and crack some knots, but it will also strengthen your feet and calves to keep it firm. It will relax your lower body and ready your legs ready for your walk to the car or even straight home! Do this as often as you like stretch some muscles and give better leg definition.
4. Shoulder Blade Squeezes
When work is building up and you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, why not relax your shoulders with simple exercises! You can sit down, straighten posture, and move your elbows backwards like you’re squeezing something with your shoulder blades, stay in that position for 15-20 seconds and release. Do as many times as you want or need, it will help shake off anxiety.
5. Take time to Meditate
This is the easiest exercise you can do at the office that can greatly benefit your fitness and your overall well-being as well. Taking a small time off your day to take a break; close your eyes, clear all thoughts, and focus on breathing is essential to be able to continue on with the day more productively and calmly. Overthinking and overstressing will age our body faster and leave us constantly tired.