Regular exercise is good for your heart, prevents osteoporosis, lowers high-blood pressure, reduces diabetic complications, plays a role in preventing cancer, and even has anti-ageing benefits. By taking charge of your health and adding simple exercises to your daily routine, you can change your life – for the better.
Here are a few quick, easy, and convenient workouts you can do in and around the office, and even at your desk:
1. Stairs vs. elevator
Climbing the stairs burn calories while tightening and toning your muscles. When you are given the option, go for the extra effort and take the stairs. Climbing stairs every day will ensure you burn 0.17 calories for every step you climb.
2. Chair = best friend
When you’re at your desk, your chair is your best friend – you can tone your abs while sitting at your desk. All you need to do is sit on the edge of your chair, keep a straight back and slowly bring your knees up off the floor.
3. Work your core
Did you know you could get rid of belly fat while tackling your daily tasks at your desk? Sit in your chair with your legs crossed and your feet on the seat, place your hands on the armrests, suck in your belly and raise yourself a few inches above the seat, using your belly, muscles and hands. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, and repeat five times.
4. Lunge into it
When doing errands in or around the office, opt for walking – and by walking, we mean lunging – this will tighten your gluteus and get your heart rate going, giving you prolonged energy throughout the day.
5. Chair dips
Place your hands on your chair and your feet on the floor. Move your rear end off of the edge of your seat, while bending your elbows to lower your body, then straighten your arms to return to the starting position. Repeat a few times to build muscle in the arms and tighten your core.
It’s that easy! No more room for excuses. Ensure short and long-term health benefits by incorporating exercises like the ones mentioned above into your daily routine.