Stay in Shape: The Best Exercises to Do in the Office

exercises to do in the office

exercises to do in the officeWorking a 40-hour work week can make it difficult to find time to work out. Between working, commuting and keeping up with your personal errands, there is just not enough time in the day. Oftentimes, it can even be difficult to just get away from your desk out of fear of missing an important call.

If you are concerned about staying in shape, here are some exercises to do in the office so you can squeeze that daily workout into your schedule. Don’t worry about missing important phone calls while you do your mini-workouts either, as there is an easy office solution: incorporating the use of a Scottsdale telephone answering service.

Stand Up!

One of the simplest exercises you can do in the office is to stand up. When you sit all day, it can take a toll on your cardiovascular system. So by periodically standing up for a few minutes at a time, you can get your blood flowing. Additionally, by standing, you would be burning more calories than if you sat. It may not be very many, but they will add up over time.

Take the Stairs

We’ve all heard it before: “Take the stairs and not the elevator.” But why? Taking the stairs will boost your heart rate, get your blood pumping and help burn calories. It can also work out the major muscles in your legs. If you’re feeling motivated for a more intense office workout, take the steps two at a time. 

Incorporate Your Chair

If you have a sturdy chair, try using it for triceps dips. You can either squat on the ground for a less extreme burn, or you can stretch your legs out for greater difficulty. Just be sure that your chair doesn’t slip out from underneath you.

Some offices have swivel chairs, which can be more than just convenient (or fun), they can be used in your office workout too. When sitting, firmly grasp your desk, lift your feet and use your core to swivel back and forth. This works your oblique muscles.

Take Walking Breaks

Walking is not only good for the body, but for the mind as well. Take a mini break to walk around the office, get your muscles warm and your blood flowing. Engage in light, non-work related conversation with your coworkers. You will clear your mind, reduce your stress level and get that second-wind you need to make it through the afternoon.

This is where that phone answering service would come in handy too, because you wouldn’t be glued to your desk. You can take walking breaks without worrying about missing important messages.

Waiting Around?

If you’re waiting on the microwave to finish making your soup, or the printer to finish making copies, take that moment for a brief exercise. Perform a wall-sit to work out your quad muscles and practice good posture. If you want to intensify the workout, try holding the “world’s heaviest pencil.” Simply outstretch both arms to hold a pen or a pencil while you wall-sit. Now you are working out your arms as well. Calf-raises and jogging in place are also good workouts to do in the office, when you find yourself waiting around.

Working out in your office can be done in the spare moments that you have. When you look at the opportunities in your day to squeeze in a few exercises your mind and your body will thank you for it. You can start changing your approach to exercise 1 minute at a time.


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