It is easy to get stiff and sore when you spend all day behind a desk. There are, however, exercises that you can do in your cubicle to help keep your blood flowing. Obviously, you won’t be able to get a full cardio workout while at your desk, but doing something is better than doing nothing. Below are a few ideas about how to squeeze in a bit of exercise during your workday.
Bring the Right Stuff
Bring a few pieces of “cubicle workout gear”. Hand weights can be used easily while you are talking on the phone. During a long conference call, simply take out your hand weights and start doing reps. You can still stay fully present in the conference call while also moving.
An exercise ball is a great tool for cubicle exercises. If you are a fan of the television show The Office, then you probably watched as one of the characters swapped his chair for an exercise ball in order to strengthen his core. While it was done for laughs on the show, it is actually a good idea.
You probably don’t want to get rid of your chair completely, but keeping an exercise ball handy to use now and then throughout the day is a great idea.
Don’t Call Your Co-Workers
As strange as it may sound to younger office workers, there was a time when if you needed to talk to a co-worker across the hall or on the other side of the building that you actually WALKED there. Today, you probably just call, text, email or instant message them.
While technology has helped you to make the most of your time, it has caused most people to move less than ever before. Don’t call your co-workers. Instead, get up and walk to their office. Take the longest possible route and, if applicable, use the stairs instead of the elevator.
When you have a desk job, every little bit of movement helps, so instead of hitting “send”, get up and take a walk.
The Cubicle Moves
In addition to the above ways of sneaking in a bit of movement throughout your workday, there are also some cubicle exercises that you can complete during a break or on your lunch hour. Unless you have a huge cubicle – and a really cool boss – you won’t be able to set up a treadmill in your workspace. You can however, do lunges, pushups, sit ups and even yoga.
Bring a mat so that you don’t have to sit on the floor. When break time comes, get in a few sets of lunges or 50 pushups.
Another Use for YouTube
Yes, YouTube is a great way to waste time during your workday, but it is also a great way to do some cubicle exercises. The site contains several cubicle workout videos starting with three-minute strength training workouts and then moving on to longer workouts. Just click on one of these videos and you will be guided through some fabulous cubicle exercises.
Again, the above ideas will not take the place of going to the gym or for your morning run, but you will be able to keep moving which will help you feel better throughout the workday.
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