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Original Tips for Maintaining Physical Fitness in an Office

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Sedentary lifestyle is one of the biggest problems of our age, because the lack of physical exercise is extremely detrimental to our health. Not being active enough weakens the body as a whole, increasing the risk of diseases ranging from osteoporosis to stroke. Today we’ll provide you with a selection of tips for maintaining physical fitness in an office.

With their help, you will be able to promote your general health with exercise even if you don’t have the time to visit a gym. Remember that you can lead a healthy lifestyle when you are busy. All you need is good planning and efficient time management strategies.

5 Simple Office Exercises

Here are a few exercises you can do without leaving the office:

  • Leg lifts.
    Sit straight with your back a bit away from the backrest. Lift one leg 3 inches from the floor and tighten your muscles. Hold for 10 seconds and release. Repeat with the other leg. Do 2 times per each leg.
  • Butt lifts.
    Sit with your feet firmly planted on the floor. Tighten your butt muscles and hold for 10 seconds. Relax and repeat. Do this exercise for about 5 minutes at least twice a day.
  • Foot swivels and alphabet.
    If you can, take off your shoes and sit straight placing both feet on the ground. Lift one foot and swivel it in every direction a few times. Next, ‘write’ the alphabet with your big toe. Repeat with the other foot. Do this 2-3 times a day, especially if your feet are prone to swelling.
  • Pelvic tilts.
    Work your abs as you sit with both feet firmly on the floor and your hands on the table. Move your lower body only, so that your butt ‘sticks out’ a bit. Then, pull your hips back under your stomach. Stay in each position for 2-3 seconds and repeat the exercise 10-20 times. It’s especially good for women as it keeps the blood flowing in the lower body. It also helps generally strengthen the abs and makes sitting less tiring and painful.
  • Arm circles.
    Don’t forget about your upper body as it also needs exercise. Sit straight and lift your arms to the sides. Keep them parallel to the floor and extend your fingers. ‘Draw’ small circles in the air (about 20 times in every direction). If there isn’t enough space, extend the arms in front of you or lift them over your head.

Cool Tips on Maintaining Physical Fitness in an Office

Being physically active in an office isn’t only about exercising. You can augment your healthy lifestyle by doing the following things:

  • Get a standing workstation.
    They are growing more popular and for good reason. Standing workstations help not only reduce the risk of the heart disease but they also increase the metabolic rate, so you burn fat faster.
  • Replace your chair with an exercise ball.
    This is both fun and great for your muscles as it will keep you constantly on alert so that you don’t slip off the ball.
  • Send your documents to the farthest printer.
    If you need to walk to a printer, make it the longest distance you can possibly achieve in the office so that you get maximum benefits from it. This concerns every other ‘chore’ you have to do while at work.
  • Use reminder apps.
    These mobile apps will help you remember about exercising when you are caught up in a project. 

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