Sitting at a desk is one of the worst positions for the human body, yet many of us who work in offices—virtual or otherwise—are confined to this position for eight hours or more a day. Getting exercise at work is easier than you may think; all it takes is some creative thinking and a bit of extra initiative. Here are five great ways to make exercise a regular part of your workday at one of our virtual office locations.
Get Out of Your Chair
Even standing up burns more calories than sitting. Making the choice to stand rather than sit is the easiest way to get some exercise at the office. Try standing up while you're talking on the phone, while you're thinking about what to write in your next email, or even while meeting with co-workers in the conference room.
Incorporate Walking Into Your Commute
You may have gotten your commute down to a science—find the closest parking space to the door, take the quickest elevator to your floor—but making a few changes to incorporate more walking can make a big difference to your overall health. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park farther away, or get off the bus a few stops earlier than you need to. Walking is a great form of exercise, and incorporating walking into your commute is a great way to get your body moving every day.
Learn a Few Desk Exercises
There are plenty of exercises you can do in the office
without even getting out of your chair. Start with some leg lifts by holding one leg out in front of your body for a few seconds at a time. Then do some hamstring stretches with your leg right up on top of your desk. For more vigorous exercise, you can even do push-ups against the side of your desk, or push your chair out of the way and do some squats while checking your email.
Bring the Gym to the Office
If you don't have time to go to the gym on your lunch break, you can bring the gym to work by keeping some fitness equipment stored in your virtual office space. Keep a few free weights next to the toner in the supply closet, or stash some resistance bands in your desk drawer.
Take Your Work for a Walk
Walking is not only good for the body, it's good for the brain as well. We actually think better when we're moving, so why not take some work on a walk with you? You can walk around while talking on your cell phone, or even invite clients to meet you for walking meetings. With all the increased blood flow that walking creates, you're sure to come up with some great business ideas!
Just because you work in an office doesn't mean you have to live a sedentary existence. There are plenty of easy exercises you can do from any of our virtual office locations. Incorporate some of these tips into your workday, and you'll feel fit as a fiddle in no time. To find a virtual office that will be beneficial to both your working life and your health, visit YourCityOffice.com
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