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Creating a Healthy Work Environment

06/30/2016

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Health and fitness are becoming more and more vital to our quality of living. Many businesses are opting for wellness programs in an effort to create a healthy work environment for their employees, which might consist of an office gym, employee yoga breaks, weight loss challenges, soda-free offices, locally-sourced foods in the cafeteria, and even nutrition seminars. But what if your office does not offer a wellness approach? What can you do at the office to stay fit, while staying on top of your work tasks?

Exercise at your desk

Exercising at your desk is a really easy way to stay fit. One particular workout that helps to relieve stress is called the Namaste. To do this, all you have to do is put your hands together in the prayer position at heart level. Then push them against each other as hard as you can for about 20 seconds, then repeat until you feel more calm. Other fun desk workouts include stapler curls, seated leg raises — put your legs straight in front of you, and hold for as long as you can — and even the infamous “seat squeeze,” just clench those cheeks together for sets of 10 and 20 (it’s great for posture and your core).

Desk Enhancements

As an alternative to sitting in a normal desk chair, opt for a workout balancing ball instead to tone and strengthen your core just while you sit at your desk and work.

Stay on the Move

Taking the stairs is a great way to get your blood flowing, and you’ll find you have a clearer head once you’ve reached your floor. And instead of sitting while you eat or catching up on work at your desk over lunch, take your sandwich or salad on a little walk and enjoy the fresh air.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things you can do to stay active and burn calories at work. Just use your imagination and remember, any activity is better than none!

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