"Is my waistline increasing faster than my paycheck?"
Being a worker chained to their desk can leave little or no time for physical activity.
A new study by the University of Rochester Medical Center surveyed over 2,000 employees within a large corporation and discovered that stress and little to no physical activity are extremely common among the American workforce. Simply put, the repercussions of leading a sedentary lifestyle are unfavorable; from lack of energy to obesity to cardiovascular disease.
Unfortunately for us, “researchers also found that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables did little to offset the effect of chronic job stress on weight gain among the employees” says Rick Nauert, PhD. Thus, the importance of getting 30 minutes of cardio five times per week to reduce the health risks of the office lifestyle. With a little creativity you can squeeze in a few minutes of exercise between pending deadlines and here's how:
- Walk. Yes, walk around the office and stretch every now and then. Go say Hi to your coworkers once in a while. Move around and take breaks every hour or so. Not only will this keep you moving but taking breaks will also allow you to work more efficiently on your work once you return to your desk. Best of both worlds.
- Move around in your chair, it might seem like nothing but it keeps the blood flowing.
- Plug in your headphones and tap your toes or bob your head while listening to your favorite tracks. Music is therapeutic and relaxes the body.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator to reach your office. This is an easy way for effective exercise. To take it to the next level, at the base of the stairs, put your toes at the edge of the step and do some calf raises by lowering your heels and then stretch up on the balls of your feet.
- Bike or walk to work, if you can. If that is not possible, find time to get some exercise outside work hours. Even a fifteen minute walk each day can be very beneficial. If you are able to, make it part of your lunch break routine. Grab a friend to go with you and it will help you stick to it.
So, if you are reading this post while sitting at your desk… we challenge you to do at least one of these today. We promise that you won’t regret it.